As 45-year-old Gregory Hill's marriage began to draw to an end, he set out to kill the man his wife was seeing, according to Chattanooga police.
In a Walmart parking lot on Signal Mountain Road on Wednesday, Hill unknowingly paid an undercover agent $100 as a down payment to kill his wife's boyfriend. He promised to pay the agent more money as soon as he could access money from his 401k, an arrest report states.
Hill was booked into the Hamilton County Jail late Thursday on a class B felony charge of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.
Chattanooga police became aware of the case after a "concerned citizen" told investigators "why the defendant wanted the victim murdered, how he wanted him killed, and where to locate the victim."
Hill had taken the concerned citizen to his wife's boyfriend's home twice to show him where he lived. A recording was obtained of Hill talking about the planned homicide. The agent, "Sean," also recorded his conversation with Hill.
County marriage records show Hill married his wife in 2002.
If convicted of the charge, he could face between eight and 30 years depending on his previous criminal history and pay a maximum fine of $25,000. Hill, who remained in the jail Friday afternoon, had bond set at $60,000.
He is scheduled to appear before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck Monday.
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