PROVIDENCE (WBSM) —  A federal grand jury in Rhode Island has returned a five-count indictment charging a Taunton man and Wareham man with allegedly participating in a conspiracy to murder two federal prosecutors and a witness.

Elijah Melton, 26, of Taunton and Kareem Pires, 25, of Wareham are both charged with conspiracy to tamper with a witness or informant by killing or attempting to kill and conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire.

According to U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Zachary A. Cunha, the prosecutor and witness were associated with a pending criminal matter before the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.

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Both individuals are currently being detained in federal custody in Rhode Island and will be arraigned in court at a later date.

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