Exhibits Friday in the attempted capital murder trial of Michael Bien included a video of Mickey Westerman speaking with law enforcement officers about his phone conversations with Bien.
Westerman told investigators Bien had been talking to him about hiring a hit man to kill his ex-wife's parents and later ex-wife's brother.
District Attorney Micheal Murray has shown videos to jurors and played recordings of phone conversations throughout portions of testimony, which has covered three days.
In Friday's video, Westerman told lawmen that Bien, a Pecos man who formerly lived in Brownwod, wanted to make sure nothing would be traced back to him. "He said 'you can get robbed and killed in the Metroplex or disappear and never come back," Westerman told lawmen.
Westerman let Bien think he would look into finding a hit man, he told lawmen. Officers on the video asked Westerman if Bien "might be comfortable with a meeting in Brownwood."
Lawmen thanked Westerman for his willingness to come forward and report Bien's activities. "You think this kind of crap doesn't happen, but it does happen," an officer told Bien on the video.
Defense attorney Jason Johnson has sought to establish, through his opening statement and cross-examination of witnesses, that Bien fell into an entrapment that was orchestrated by Westerman.
Bien and Westerman were longtime friends, according to earlier testimony. The prosecution alleges that Bien sought out Westerman to put him in touch with a hit man to kill his ex-wife's parents and later her brother. Westerman ended up working with the Rangers as a confidential informant.
Murray told jurors in his opening argument that Bien had wanted to cause his ex-wife to suffer after their marriage ended.
In April 2012, the Texan Rangers received information that Bien was allegedly attempting "to locate a person for the purpose of murdering an individual," and Texas Ranger's affidavit states.
Bien was arrested a short time later on other charges and incarcerated in Reeves County for several months.
After he was released, Bien allegedly "contacted an individual for the purpose of hiring a hit man to commit the murder of Koh Box," the affidavit states.
Bien allegedly met with an undercover Department of Public Safety officer in the 400 block of West Commerce in Brownwood. Bien allegedly paid the undercover officer "a monetary amount for the purpose of murdering Koh Box," the affidavit states.