Jury: Newlywed had husband killed to get his insurance money
CLEVELAND (AP) – A new defendant accused of committing the murder of her firefighter husband to collect $ 100,000 of insurance money was convicted of aggravated homicide in a scheme that was wrong from the start: her ex-wife was still the beneficiary of Its policy.
Uloma Curry-Walker, 45, could receive life without parole for the murder of William Walker in November 2013, when she married just four months earlier. The jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning the verdict Friday, Cleveland.com said (http://bit.ly/2uCGoXg).
Prosecutors said Curry-Walker was going to face financial ruin after hoarding tens of thousands of dollars in debt when the 17-year-old girl and the girl’s boyfriend were asked to find someone to kill her husband for That could collect the insurance money.
However, a police investigation revealed that the Curry-Walker plan was an obvious problem from the outset. Her husband had not changed the beneficiary of the insurance policy called his ex-wife to Curry-Walker when he was killed, so it was the ex-woman who received the money.
The testimony showed that Curry-Walker gave the boyfriend, Chad Padgett, a $ 1000 deposit to make the killing. Padgett contacted his cousin Chris Hein, the first to fail in his attempt to kill Walker. He then turned to Ryan Dorty to direct the murder.
Prosecutors said Walker Dorty had ambushed him and beat him four times when he returned home to get fast food that Curry-Walker had requested. She and her husband were in the night they killed him from a move to a house they had bought out of Cleveland.
The little girl, Padgett, eh Dorty and testified against Curry-Walker’s trial through a petition for her role in the murder conspiracy. Hein accepted an 18-year sentence to life; Padgett 28 years of life; And Dorty 23 years to life. Prosecutors agreed not to file charges against Curry-Walker’s adult daughter. Rather spend a month in a juvenile detention center.
The girl testified at the trial that her mother told her. “No one would believe that I was going to hire a group of kids to kill someone when I know people who could”
Curry-Walker wrote a confession the day she went to the police who said she killed her husband because he was abusive. His lawyers did not call witnesses to testify that Walker was violent toward his wife.
Cleveland.com reported that Curry-Walker lawyers highlight the discrepancies in witness testimony during the closing stops and suggested that the girl had devised the murder plan.