David Lee Wahl, 59, is accused of trying to hire an undercover officer to kill his 52-year-old former girlfriend.
Wahl and his ex-girlfriend, of Oxford, both work at the Anniston Army Depot and had been in an on-and-off relationship, Chief Deputy Matthew Wade said. On Monday, the woman filed a report at the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office stating she believed Wahl was trying to find someone to kill her. Deputies gave the woman options to keep her safe until Wahl could be apprehended, Wade said.
With help from the Talladega Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, deputies began an undercover operation to speak to Wahl, Wade said. According to the chief deputy, Wahl had been asking friends to help him find someone to kill the woman. He was offering a $400 finder’s fee to the friend that could give him the name of a hit man.
During the undercover operation, Wahl attempted to hire an officer to kill his former girlfriend.
“He was very specific with how he wanted it done and even what he wanted said,” Wade said.
Wahl, who Wade described as a “man of limited means,” was trying to bargain for the price of the murder with a payment plan of $500 per month for three months.
After Wahl met with the undercover officer, deputies arrested Wahl at the scene and charged him.
According to Wade, the officers have several audio and video tapes of Wahl talking about his plans.
“I truly believe he would have kept looking to find someone. He admitted that he didn’t want to do it himself because he couldn’t provide his own alibi,” Wade said.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, events leading to Tuesday’s arrest began in February after Wahl was charged with shooting at a vehicle belonging to the woman's ex-husband while he was leaving her home. Wahl pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief charges and was ordered to serve 12 months of probation. He was also charged a restitution fee of $1,068 to pay for the vehicle damages, according to state court records available online.
After this incident, Wahl and the woman were still working together. According to the Sheriff’s Office, last week while at work the woman told Wahl she did not want a relationship with him and allegedly embarrassed him in front of coworkers. Afterwards, Wahl allegedly started looking for someone to kill her.
After Wahl was charged, the chief deputy said, Wahl responded with “y’all got me.”
Wahl on Wednesday was in the Calhoun County Jail. No bond had been set, Wade said. Wahl is to appear in court Dec. 13.
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