SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A 33-year-old man was charged Monday with soliciting the murder of his ex-wife as they battle for custody of their 4-year-old daughter.
William John Wallace of Santa Ana was charged with one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation and two felony counts of solicitation to commit murder, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Prosecutors say Wallace’s motive for murder was to save money by avoiding a court trial custody battle.
Wallace hired a private investigator to find negative information about her that he could use against her in court, where child support payments would be decided, prosecutors said. In September, Wallace allegedly told the private investigator he wanted his ex-wife, identified only as Jane Doe, killed.