Update on murder for hire case in East Ridge

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EAST RIDGE, Tennessee(WDEF) – There’s new information about an alleged murder for hire plot over a forbidden relationship.

WDEF spoke exclusively to Teresa Padilla about her son being the potential target of a murder for hire plot.

According to the arrest affidavit, the case started when Joshua Patterson told Catoosa County authorities that his teenage daughter was missing. He then reportedly told authorities that Teresa Padilla, who is his ex-girlfriend was keeping his daughter in Padilla’s East Ridge home. But according to Padilla, Patterson was angry because his daughter was dating Padilla’s bi-racial son.

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"I was completely shocked I didn’t know he had that much resentment towards my son," Padilla said.

Perhaps the most shocking was what Patterson reportedly told her.

"He told me to keep my n****r son away from his daughter. He called back and said I’m coming to your house and pull your son out then climb into my truck and drag him down the street like they did n*****S in the old days."

Padilla said she also received a text message from Patterson’s ex-wife Buffy. It reads "you need to call me. Josh just called me. He would give me $400 if I get a N****r."

In the Arrest affidavit, Buffy Patterson also told investigators that her ex-husband offered to pay her $400 to do harm to Padilla’s son.

WDEF tracked Buffy Patterson to a room at an East Ridge hotel.

She said she’s changing her story and that her ex-husband would never do anything to Padilla’s son.

But her credibility may be in jeopardy after leaving a message on Padilla’s cell phone.

The message said,"I’m back in my room mother f—-r. I’m leaving in 25-minutes to go get Josh out of jail. So f–k you. I’ll deny everything that’s been said."

Buffy Patterson was asked if it was possible to get in contact with her ex-husband but she said she didn’t have his number and that she had nothing else to say.

Joshua Patterson is due back in East Ridge court July 21st. He is currently out on bond and also facing one count of filing a false report in Catoosa County.