(CBS Seattle) — A Washington state employee accused of trying to recruit a co-worker to kill his wife has been ordered held on $800,000 bond.

Brian Cox was arrested Tuesday for investigation of solicitation to commit murder after he was secretly recorded offering his co-worker $10,000 to make her “permanently disappear,” according to KIRO TV

Cox and his wife have been going through a contentious divorce. Cox allegedly told the coworker the $10,000 payment would be worth it because it would be cheaper than having to pay his wife in the divorce, KIRO reported. His wife told KIRO, “This is kind of a bombshell. I trusted him.”

Cox said he did nothing wrong. Cox’s brother Kerry tells KIRO TV he believes his brother is innocent and thinks Cox’s wife had him set up.

Prosecutors say they have Brian Cox on tape setting up the murder.

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