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Newlywed convicted of hiring a hit man to murder her firefighter husband for insurance policy

July 9, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Newlywed convicted of hiring a hit man to murder her firefighter husband for insurance policy

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A newlywed who reportedly solicited her firefighter husband’s murder to collect $100,000 in insurance funds has been found guilty of aggravated murder in a plot that was flawed from the beginning: His ex-wife was still classified as the beneficiary of his insurance policy.

Uloma Curry-Walker, 45, could receive up to life behind bars without parole for the 2013 killing of William Walker, whom she had gotten married to four months prior.

Jurors deliberated for less than two hours before delivering the guilty verdict on Friday, Cleveland.com reported.

Prosecutors indicated that Curry-Walker was approaching financial ruin after finding herself thousands of dollars in debt when she asked her then-17-year-old daughter and her boyfriend to find someone to murder her husband so she could collect money from the insurance company.

Curry-Walker (left), 45, could receive life in prison without parole for the November 2013 slaying of William Walker (right), whom she had married just four months earlier

However, an investigation revealed that Curry-Walker’s scheme had a huge problem from the start.

Her husband had not yet updated the beneficiary on the policy from his ex-wife’s name to Curry-Walker’s when he was murder, so his ex-wife received the cash.

Testimony showed that Curry-Walker gave her daughter’s boyfriend, Chad Padgett, a $1,000 deposit to carry out the murder.

Padgett called his cousin Chris Hein, who originally failed in his attempt to murder Walker.

Curry’s 17-year-old daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend to find someone to kill her husband so she could collect the insurance money. Testimony showed that Curry-Walker gave the boyfriend, Chad Padgett (right), a $1,000 down payment to carry out the slaying

Hein then went to Ryan Dorty to carry out the slaying.

Prosecutors said Dorty attacked Walker and shot him four times as he came home from getting food Curry-Walker had asked for.

On the night of the killing, she and her husband were packing to move to a house they had bought outside of Cleveland.

Her daughter, Padgett, Hein, and Dorty testified against the woman at trial as part of a plea agreement for their participation in the conspiracy.

Padgett contacted his cousin Chris Hein (right), who initially failed in his attempt to kill Walker. Hein then turned to Ryan Dorty (left) to carry out the killing.

Hein accepted a sentence of 18 years to life; Padgett agreed to 28 years to life, and Dorty agreed to 23 years to life.

Prosecutors decided not to charge Curry-Walker’s daughter as an adult, and she will serve one month in a juvenile detention facility.

Curry-Walker submitted a confession the day she turned herself into police that said she murdered her husband because he abused her.

Her sentencing is set for August 8th.

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