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Columbus Authorities Arrest PA Women Accused of Ordering Murder on Bus

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Two Pittsburgh women are in a central Ohio jail after allegedly ordering the murder of a fellow passenger while riding on a bus.

U.S. Marshals and agents from the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team arrested Clarissa Clark and Summer Kerley at an East Columbus home on Friday after investigators were informed of their presence by a colleagues in Pittsburgh.

Investigators say Clark, 19, and Kerley, 29, were riding on a party bus when they placed several calls to two men following an argument with other passengers. During the calls, the women allegedly asked the men, James Lawrence and Michael Lyons, to assault the others who engaged in the argument.

Lawrence, 21, and Lyons, 22, allegedly drove to the bus's location and opened fire after Clark forced the bus driver to stop the vehicle. Steven Lee, 21, was killed by the gunfire.

Clark and Kerley are each charged with criminal solicitation of homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, and terroristic threats. Kerley faces an additional charge of aggravated assault.

The women are being held at the Franklin County Corrections Center as they await extradition to Pennsylvania.
 
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