Justin Bieber performed at Power 96.1's Jingle Ball 2012 at Philips Arena on December 12, 2012 in Atlanta. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)
NEW YORK -- A murder plot aimed at Justin Bieber has been uncovered in New Mexico, according to authorities. An inmate incarcerated there reportedly set his sights on the Canadian pop star from behind bars.
A police affidavit indicated that inmate Dana Martin "had become infatuated" with Bieber, and wore a tattoo of the young man on his leg. Martin had been convicted of the 2000 murder of 15-year-old Deandra Fluorucci, but sent two individuals, Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane, to Vermont in the hopes of killing off witnesses to that murder.
Additionally, the affidavit pointed out, Martin's "ultimate target was J.B." or, Justin Bieber.
The alleged plot would have involved Staake and Ruane reaching Bieber while he was recently in New York City for his Madison Square Garden shows, then killing and castrating Bieber and his bodyguard. The plot came undone when Martin confessed to police about his plans.
The suspects now face two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, and two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery.
On TODAY Thursday, NBC News's Andrea Canning reported that while they were unable to reach Bieber's representatives, his camp has been quoted in the press saying that they take every precaution to protect Justin's safety and the safety of his fans.
Bieber was in Atlanta Wednesday performing in Power 96.1's Jingle Ball at Philips Arena. He considers Atlanta his second home.