Authorities: Lawyer tried to hire man to kill another lawyer

Clarence Gomery

A northern Michigan lawyer has been charged with solicitation of murder after authorities say he tried to pay a man $20,000 to kill another attorney.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle and report Clarence Gomery was arrested Monday by Grand Traverse County sheriff's deputies. He was arraigned in 86th District Court on the felony charge and is being held in the county jail on $5 million bond.

A person who answered the phone at Gomery's law office told The Associated Press there was no immediate comment on the charge.

Authorities say they suspect that Gomery tried to pay a man to kill Christopher Cooke, a lawyer who represented a plaintiff who sued Gomery alleging fraud and malpractice in a business deal. The deal involved a golf course property in the area.