Hockenberry’s Solicitation of Murder For Hire Trial Begins Monday

A jury trial is set to begin next week for a Keithsburg man charged with solicitation of murder for hire. 48-year-old Kevin Hockenberry is accused of trying to pay someone $10,000 to kill former Mercer County State’s Attorney Meeghan Lee. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday morning in Mercer County Circuit Court. Hockenberry has been in custody at the Mercer County Jail awaiting trial on a Class 3 felony of sexual relations within families. That charge is in connection with an alleged incident that occurred in April of 2019. He is also facing felony charges in two other cases including perjury and false reporting as well as two misdemeanor counts of violating an order of protection.
Bond on the solicitation of murder for hire charge is set at $500,000.