"McLaughlin further advised the murder could best be done on a Sunday when his wife always attended a meeting and he also provided some very descriptive ways the murder should take place," said Sheriff Wayne Ivey of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.
Once in Colorado, officials said he handed the undercover agent cash and promised to pay more later. Ivey said McLaughlin wanted his wife out of the picture so he could spend more time with the girl he intended to kill.
"When you hear the thought of the dark web, this is some of the stuff you see," Ivey said. "Just the darkest, most horrific things you can imagine."
McLaughlin remains jailed in Brevard County on no bond. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.