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A 33-year-old Orange County man is in custody after attempting to solicit an undercover detective to murder his ex-wife.William John Wallace has been charged with premeditated attempted murder and two counts of solicitation to commit murder after offering an undercover detective $30,000 to murder his ex-wife.
Wallace shares custody of his 4-year-old daughter with his ex-wife. The parties were in the heart of a custody and child support battle following their divorce.
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies say Wallace allegedly hired a private investigator in August 2013 to try and find negative information about his ex-wife that could be used against her in court. Wallace hoped to use this information against his ex-wife to gain favor in the child support case. It was during this time that Wallace allegedly decided that murdering his ex-wife would be better.
In September 2013, Wallace told the private investigator that he wanted his ex-wife to be killed. A month later, the suspect asked the private investigator if he knew anyone who would murder his ex-wife and dispose of her body. That’s when the private investigator contacted police, who set up a sting operation.
On Saturday, Wallace met with an undercover detective who he believed could facilitate the murder and offered him $30,000 to kill his ex-wife. Wallace showed the undercover detective a photograph of his ex-wife so that she could be identified.
Wallace allegedly asked that the murder take place after Dec. 23 because he would be leaving the country for Christmas. Wallace had a plane ticket to travel to England and $4,000 in cash when he was arrested Saturday.
Wallace will remain behind bars as he awaits his arraignment on Dec. 31. A judge denied bail Monday, deeming the suspect a flight risk and danger to the community. Wallace was also asked to turn over his passport.

If convicted, Wallace faces up to 26 years to life in state prison.

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