A 70-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to hire a man to kill his estranged wife and a man, authorities said Thursday.

A 70-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to hire a man to kill his estranged wife and a man, authorities said Thursday.

An investigation Tuesday when Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies learned of a murder for hire plot resulted in the arrest of Robert Pitt.

Pitt allegedly wanted his estranged wife, Jean Pitt, and her companion, Randy Fortenberry murdered because of an on-going divorce case between Robert Pitt and Jean Pitt.

Sheriff’s Department Major Lafayette Woods Jr. said Robert Pitt approached Jean Pitt’s son-in-law, Gary Trantham, about carrying out the two murders, and allegedly provided Trantham with what Woods described as a “substantial non-monetary payment in good faith, to also be considered as payment for the completion of the two murders.”

After his arrest Wednesday, Pitt was taken to the adult detention center and booked in at 8:24 p.m.

He is scheduled to appear in Jefferson County District Court for a probable cause hearing at 9. a.m. Friday before District Judge Kim Bridgforth.

An investigation into the incident is continuing.