A Tennessee man was arrested after his wife found text messages on his phone to another woman that revealed an alleged murder plot.
Jerry McDonald, 49, of Chattanooga, Tennessee was charged with solicitation of murder after his wife found the text messages on his phone while he was drunk, according to court documents.
The woman said she had been trying to contact her husband’s work at Erlanger Lifeforce Hospital in Tennessee to tell them that he would not be coming that afternoon when he read the disturbing text messages. He then contacted an off-duty police officer and told him he feared for his life.
Messages were exchanged with Vanessa Nelson, 39, and revealed a plan to reap the economic benefits of a murder, the authorities allege.
According to the affidavit, in an exchange, Vanessa asks McDonald: “Do I have to kill her?”
“Please kill her, baby please. I beg you”McDonald responds.
“That ‘bitch’ is worth a million”McDonald writes in another exchange. “I’m saying we kill her and I charge a million and we live like the kings and queens that we are.”
“So she has a million in life insurance”Vanessa replies.
“Then let’s kill her”, McDonald responds bluntly.
In a third exchange provided in the affidavit, McDonald says: “There are over a million in your father’s safe. I’m saying they won’t catch me. “
“We are not criminals”, Vanessa Nelson says in a message. “And we don’t care about money. At least not me “he adds.
“Neither do I, but I’m saying we have a path if we choose to. I’m not even kidding. All I want is you baby That’s all that matters to me ”, McDonald responds.
McDonald’s wife told police that she had been married to him for two years, but had known him for 20 years. She told police that she had never heard him speak or even joke about murdering someone for money before.
The man was booked into the Hamilton County Jail, dwhere he is being held on $ 75,000 bail, as the records show. He is scheduled to appear in court on November 30.