A man was arrested after reportedly hiring an assassin to kill his ex-girlfriend and her former partner when he posted a positive review online for the 'murder-for-hire' business.
Federal prosecutors have accused Erik Charles Maund, a partner in the Maund Automotive Group in Austin, Texas, paid more than $750,000 (£568k) to three men for the executions.
The victims, Holly Williams, 33, and William Lanway, 36, were found shot to death in a car on March 12, 2020, after their vehicle had crashed into a tree at a construction site.
According to the US Department of Justice, Maund – who is married – had reached out to his ex, Holly with the possibility of reconciling during his trip to Nashville, Tennessee.
But her estranged partner Lanway is believed to hear about the message and blackmailed Maund, threatening to expose the affair to his wife if he did not receive hush money.
Maund then enlisted the services of Gilad Peled, who owns Speartip Security Services in Austin, Bryon Brockway and Adam Carey, tasking them with killing Williams and Lanway, according to court documents.
The documents also say that Maund withdrew $15,000 from his bank account on the same day that an ‘intelligence report’ was delivered to Peled.
Since the killings, someone by the name of Erik Maund left a five-star review for Speartip Security Services online, endorsing the company for "professionalism, quality, responsiveness, value".
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The review said: "Speartip is very professional and on top of it. They get the job done in an expedited time. Couldn’t imagine using anyone else!!"
After the review appeared online, Maund and his hired assassins were all arrested and could face up to life in prison if convicted.
Nashville PD Chief John Drake said in a statement: "This investigation began with the discovery of two bodies inside a vehicle on Good Friday 2020.
"Outstanding investigative work, led by Detectives Patrick Cuthbertson and David Willover, led to multiple leads that drew our attention to other states.
"Realizing this very complex case reached far outside of Nashville, our team enlisted the help of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Our close relationship with our federal partners led to the indictment and arrest of the four individuals."
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