Two Suspects Charged In Murder-For-Hire Plot Against Philadelphia Teacher Rachel King, Prosecutors Say

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Two people have been charged in the murder of a Philadelphia teacher who was gunned down at a Dunkin Donuts drive-thru in front of her son, in what prosecutors called a hit planned by a scorned woman, the NY Post reported. 

Prosecutors announced on Wednesday that Julie Jean, 34, was charged with

“first- and third-degree murder and conspiracy,”

in connection with the April 11th shooting that killed Philadelphia mother Rachel King, 35. According to the prosecutors, evidence has revealed that Jean paid a hitman to kill King. King was reportedly gunned down in front of her 11-year-old son at a Dunkin Donuts drive-thru in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.

The alleged gunman, Zakkee Steven Alhakim, 33, is charged with

“first-degree murder, conspiracy, and related crimes,”

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said. 

According to the Inquirer, Jean allegedly was having an affair with King’s long-time boyfriend, William Hayes. When King learned of her partner’s infidelity, lines of communication ended between Hayes and Jean. An arrest affidavit obtained by the outlet details how Jean grew obsessive after the break-up and began

“stalking and harassing”


“frequently turning up at his apartment unannounced.”

Hayes took out a protection-from-abuse order against Jean in December, Steele confirmed per the NY Post.

Jean allegedly contacted Alhakim, the father of her children, to murder King in exchange for a Mercury Sable, that she bought him. Jean showed Alhakim a Google Maps screenshot of King’s apartment as well as pictures of King during an in-person meeting, the Inquirer reported. A warrant for Jean’s cellphone also revealed that she deleted 787 text messages moments before her interview with police, including all of her messages with Alhakim.

Prosecutors linked the Mercury Sable and the .9 mm handgun that killed King to another homicide, that occurred on April 7th. Alhakim was charged in connection to that as well and remains in custody.

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