Jurors shown video of eye surgeon paying hitman

In the latter part of 2009, Kultin wore a wire. There are hours of secret recordings as he and Mockavak discussed killing Brad Klock, with Mockovak eventually declaring: "Brad's just a fly on the wall. Forget it. My real problem now is Dr. King." Barbosa said Dr. Mockovak wanted King out of the way so he could run the business and collect millions.

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January 18, 2011

Jurors shown video of eye surgeon paying hitman
Chris Sullivan

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Jurors were shown video of prominent Lasik eye surgeon Michael Mockovak passing $10,000 dollars to a hitman in opening statements of his trial Tuesday morning. (KIRO Radio/Chris Sullivan)

Jurors were shown video of prominent Lasik eye surgeon Michael Mockovak passing $10,000 to a hitman in opening statements of his trial Tuesday morning.

Dr. Mockovak is clearly heard and seen talking about the murder of his Clearly Lasik business partner Joseph King in the tapes. Mockovak discusses how and where it would be done and why.

King County Prosecutor Mary Barbosa told jurors on Monday that Mockovak originally hatched a plot to kill former Clearly Lasik president Brad Klock and hired a hitman. The murder never happened.

"Because unbeknownst to the defendant, he wasn't hiring a real hitman at all. He was hiring an FBI informant," said Barbosa.

The informant was Daniel Kultin, an computer guy working at Clearly Lasik, recruited by the FBI to gather evidence against Mockovak.

Defense attorney Colette Tvedt told jurors the plot started as a workplace joke between Mockovak and Kultin.

"There was this whole lawsuit that Brad Klock filed against Dr. Mockovak and Dr. King and then sometime in March he said 'Yeah, do you have any friends in the Russian Mafia that can eliminate my problems with Brad Klock?'"

The prosecutor says when Mockovak approached Daniel Kultin again, in whispered tones, Kultin went to the FBI. "Daniel will tell you that it was at that moment that the situation changed for him. He knew that this wasn't just somebody blowing off steam."

In the latter part of 2009, Kultin wore a wire. There are hours of secret recordings as he and Mockavak discussed killing Brad Klock, with Mockovak eventually declaring: "Brad's just a fly on the wall. Forget it. My real problem now is Dr. King."

Barbosa said Dr. Mockovak wanted King out of the way so he could run the business and collect millions.

"You will hear about how the defendant planned to spend the $4 million life insurance benefit that he would receive upon Dr. King's death," said Barbosa.

The defense told jurors the murder plot was hatched by the FBI informant, not Dr. Mockovak.

"You will be the decider of who was the designer, who was the originator, the architect of this plot," Tvedt told jurors. She said the doctor went through the plot to hire a hitman out of fear for his safety.

The target of the alleged plot, Doctor Joseph King, is due on the witness stand Wednesday.

KIRO Radio's Tim Haeck contributed to this report.

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