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Dad accused of trying to hire hitman to kill ex-wife.

A BLACK Country dad has been charged with attempting to hire a hit-man to murder his ex-wife in the US.

William John Wallace, 33, originally from Walsall, but now living in California, is accused of trying to have her killed over Christmas while he was in the UK.

Prosecutors said it followed a custody dispute over their daughter.

Wallace is due back in court in Orange County, California, on Tuesday.

He faces one charge of premeditated attempted murder and two of solicitation to commit murder.

Orange County District Attorney's Office alleges he approached a private investigator in September in a bid to track down a hitman, but the investigator immediately contacted local police.

A statement by the Orange County District Attorney's Office said: "Wallace is accused of hiring a private investigator to try and find negative information about the victim that could be used against her in court.

"Beginning in September 2013, the defendant is accused of telling the private investigator he wanted the unnamed woman killed.

"In October 2013, Wallace is accused of asking the private investigator if he knew of anyone who would murder her and dispose of her body."

If convicted Wallace could face life in prison.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jan 5, 2014
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