Dateline | September 28, 2012
>> informant wears a wire as he talks to a partner in crime.
>> i don't got to worry about you, and i know you ain't got to worry about me.
>> yeah. you know, i'm not like that.
>> the informant, miguel quiroz. he's the pizza parlor owner-turned-small time drug dealer and the man found with a hit note in his car targeting garrett warren . now he was cooperating with investigators. detectives already knew quiroz wasn't the shooter. quiroz told them the man who actually pulled the trigger was an old friend of his named jorge hernandez , heard here.
>> you don't say nothing, i don't say nothing.
>> as part of his deal with prosecutors, quiroz wore a body wire and approached hernandez at a party. quiroz said he hired hernandez for $10,000 to kill garrett warren . on the tape, hernandez makes clear that he didn't waste any of that money on transportation.
>> i used my own car.
>> hernandez can be heard saying that he's sorry he didn't manage to kill garrett warren .
>> i apologize, dude. i'm not a good shot.
>> and hernandez made clear he was ready to try again.
>> just get it and whatever, and we'll finish it off if that's what you need.
>> speaking to prosecutor chun, quiroz explained his own involvement. that he'd been paid to hire hernandez as a hitman. and he explained where the trail led. mr. quiroz told you that he didn't do it, but that he was in on the planning.
>> and that he did it at the behest of his friend, manuel haro .
>> his long-time friend. they worked together in the pizza business and in the drug business. and if the last name haro sounds familiar, it should. manny 's sister , claudia , is garrett warren 's ex-wife. prosecutor chun says that explains mr. haro 's involvement.
>> and haro was doing it for his sister , claudia .
>> who was married to garrett --
>> who was once married to garrett but was at the time going through a contentious divorce. on a scale of one to ten, this was an 11. this was about custody of the daughter. exactly. and she had a lot of antipathy that was expressed toward garrett warren .
>> she said you were going bleed, right?
>> generally when one spouse says to the other you're going to bleed, it's a sign there are bad times to come.
>> you're right.
>> prosecutors believed they were beginning to understand the outlines of the plot to kill garrett warren . infuriated by a bitter custody battle, they believed claudia haro set it all in motion. proving that wouldn't be easy. investigators began by looking at how claudia might have persuaded her brother to get involved in a murder. detectives arrested jorge hernandez and manny haro and charged them with attempted murder and conspiracy. when they questioned manny , they learned about a secret of his that might explain why manny would want garrett warren dead.
>> we didn't really talk about me getting molested until i was at least 22 probably.
>> manny told investigator he'd been molested as a child. and remember, manny 's sister , claudia , during her divorce from garrett warren claimed that garrett had molested their daughter. those allegations were thoroughly investigated. a judge said they were unfounded. but now investigators had to consider another plot twist because of something else manny said -- that not only had he been molested but that the only other person in the world who knew about that secret was his sister , claude extra.
>> being that i've been through certain thing in my childhood as far as like molestation and my sister -- my sister was the only one that i confided in, told her about, you know, my molestation thing that happened when i was younger.
>> had claudia manipulated manny by telling him only part of the story?
>> did she ever let you know that the judge, you know, someone independent in her child custody case had found that the allegations that she was making against garrett were false? did she ever tell you that?
>> she -- i never asked, and she never told me. so i think she knew how to hit the nerve that he was molesting her. so i think she knew it was going to hurt that way. i never really talked about it.
>> manny said his sister 's exact language was that she wanted garrett taken out.
>> i'm almost positive she didn't use the word murder or kill.
>> but it's like me telling you i want you to take him out. you know what that means, that slang means take him out meaning kill.
>> manny haro , a small-time criminal, was pointing the finger of guilt straight at his sister . an actress and mother who'd been married to hollywood stardom and who had never had a problem with the law. it was hard to believe, except maybe for the intended victim of the murder plot who believed claudia was behind it from the get-if. -- get-go.
>> there was only one person who wanted this done to me.
>> he felt that way even as the investigation pointed in every other direction until finally, five years after the shooting, detectives arrested claudia haro .
>> i did think to myself, you know, thank god. you know, finally i don't feel crazy anymore.
>> but he was in for another shock. prosecutors did not feel the case was strong enough because manny haro had not agreed to testify against claudia . and the d.a.'s office declined to file charges. i'm thinking you probably hated that.
>> yes, business that's not the worst of it. i was proud to tell garrett , guess what, i've arrested claudia haro for hiring a hitman to kill you.
>> then you got to call him back and say --
>> you're not going to believe it, but i'm -- i got to let her go.
>> 48 hours after detectives arrested claudia , she was back on the street, completely free once again.
>> but i guaranteed him that i would not stop.
>> what would it take to write a new ending to this story? with a new role for the beauty that investigators believed was their femme fatale ? or would claudia haro escape prosecution simply because denying she'd been involved?
>> the bottom line principle is this -- lying isn't just about saying the words and mouthing the words. the words have to make sense. when they don't make sense, you're going to have a problem.
>> lying's tougher than people think it is.
>> it's a lot tougher than people think it is.
>> when we come back, claudia haro tells her story.