Inmate proclaims innocence

An inmate accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill a judge, a prosecutor and a cop said Friday morning that he was innocent of the charges and wanted to take a lie detector test to prove he's not involved.

"I didn't do this," said 42-year-old Daimon Hoyt, who is facing three counts of soliciting murder.

He is accused of planning from behind bars a murder-for-hire plot targeting District Judge Michelle Leavitt, county prosecutor Sandra DiGiacomo and Las Vegas police Detective Bradley Nickell.

The plot came to light this week.

Speaking before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Deborah Lippis, Hoyt said he was willing to take a lie detector test and wanted the man accusing him of organizing the assassination plot to take one too.

"I don't see how this hurts the state. If I fail, he (prosecutor) can go to the media and I look worse. If I pass, then obviously I didn't do it," said Hoyt, who is also known as Daimon Monroe.

Lippis didn't order him to take a polygraph and instead boosted his bail on the murder-for-hire charges to about $3 million. His previous bail was $770,000. Hoyt has been in jail since November 2006, awaiting trial for burglary, lewdness with a minor and other charges.

"I find the defendant an incredible danger to the community," Lippis said.

Hoyt's attorney, Charles Waterman, argued for a lower bail because the charges against his client haven't yet been proved.

Waterman warned the court against "falling for the hype, not from the prosecutor but from the press and from everyone else involved in the case."

Authorities on Friday said Hoyt has 19 prior felony convictions and is facing at least 10 felony counts related to allegations in the murder-for-hire, a 2006 theft ring and the molestation of his daughter and stepdaughter.

Peter DiGiacomo, DiGiacomo's father-in-law, said the bail was low considering the serious nature of the charges.

"I don't think there's any reason for this guy to be on the street," he said at the courthouse.

Peter DiGiacomo said he and other family members attended Friday's hearing to ensure that the court is taking the threat allegations seriously.

He said that while he was concerned about his daughter-in-law's safety, he respected and admired her career choice. His son, Marc DiGiacomo, who is married to DiGiacomo, is also a criminal prosecutor with the Clark County district attorney's office.

"It's important to the public that there are people like this who will take these risks in order to protect the people," he said.

Authorities said Hoyt tried to pay a fellow inmate at the Clark County Detention Center $30,000 to take out Leavitt, Sandra DiGiacomo and Nickell. An inmate cooperating with authorities later wore a wire to get more evidence against Hoyt, authorities said.

Hoyt was scared that Leavitt would sentence him to life in prison and was angry at DiGiacomo and Nickell because they put him behind bars, authorities said.

Contact reporter David Kihara at or (702) 380-1039.


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