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UPDATE: Man arrested in murder-for-hire plot to have wife murdered

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UPDATE: A McMinn County man is behind bars after plotting to have his wife murdered.

Charles David Johnson, 47, is behind bars accused of trying to hire his friend and former business associate, Timothy Ryan to do the unthinkable.

"Mr. Johnson had solicited him to engage in a murder-for-hire plot scheme to kill Mr. Johnson's wife," said McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.

Sheriff's deputies are not releasing the name of Mr. Johnson's wife for her own protection, they say both she and her family were shocked by the murder plot against her.

Detectives say Johnson approached Ryan last Wednesday with the plan. Ryan thought it was all a joke at first but after 2 days of plotting he realized Johnson was serious. That's when he called for help.

"The plan was for them to stage a car accident somewhere on Hwy 11 between Calhoun and Riceville," said Sheriff Guy.

Ryan told deputies Johnson asked him to rent a moving truck, then crash it into the back of Mrs. Johnson's car on Hwy 11. The crash was to be at a designated time either on her way to or from work. After the crash he was to then dowse the car in gasoline and light it on fire.

"There is a possibility that money was involved," said Sheriff Guy. "It's certainly pretty horrendous to come up with something like that."

Investigators say they found evidence inside of Johnson's home that supported the murder-for-hire plot. They say steps had already been taken to put the plan into action.

Officials wouldn't say what that evidence was, however they did say insurance money is a possible motive.

"Possibly there is insurance money involved too, we will be able to disclose that at a later date as the investigation proceeds," said Sheriff Guy, "There are just some things..... always money or love or power or something behind the reason people do stuff like this."

Deputies commend Mr. Ryan for coming forward. At this time, it's unknown if Mr. Johnson approached anyone else with his plan.

Johnson is being held on a $100,000 dollars bond. Deputies will notify his wife, if he makes bail.

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According to Sheriff Joe Guy, Detective Blake Witt received a call from Timothy Ryan, 44, on Friday evening, who stated he'd been approached by Charles David Johnson, 47, of Athens, about 2 days earlier with a scheme to murder Johnson's wife. 

“The plan seemed to involve Ryan renting a moving truck, which at a designated time he was supposed to crash into Mrs. Johnson's car on a back road while she was driving home from work,” said Sheriff Guy. “He was then supposed to dowse her car with gasoline and set it on fire. Ryan said that when he realized Johnson was serious he was compelled to contact law enforcement.”

Detective Jared Price went to Johnson's residence late Friday night and interviewed him. Additional evidence that supported the plot was also located at the residence.

“Mr. Johnson was arrested and Mrs. Johnson was notified of the danger she was in,” said Sheriff Guy.

Johnson was charged with Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. He remains in the McMinn Co Jail on $100,000 bond set by the General Sessions Court.

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