The U.S. Attorney's Office charged an Acworth man with murder for hire after he allegedly agreed to pay $10,000 in cash and two tickets to an Atlanta Hawks basketball game for someone to kill his ex-wife.
Michael McEarchern, 29, was indicted on Jan. 3 on federal charges for attempting to use the U.S. mail and phone communications to hire someone to kill his ex-wife, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
“This defendant's alleged actions indicate that he was serious about having his ex-wife murdered,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak said.
McEarchern was an inmate in Bartow County after being arrested on drug charges in October 2017, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. While incarcerated, McEarchern reached out to multiple people trying to find someone who could arrange for the murder of his ex-wife, who lived in Cobb County.
McEarchern's desire to kill his ex-wife was later reported to the FBI. Taking his motive seriously, the FBI then waited for McEarchern to reach out to an informant about the kill-for-hire, which he did.
Thinking he was setting up the killing of his ex-wife, McEarchern agreed to pay $10,000 in cash along with two tickets to a Hawks game. The U.S. Attorney's Office stated he had mailed $800 in cash to the assassin to show he was serious.
The FBI retrieved the envelope with the money along with an address where the assassin could find McEarchern's ex-wife.
“By providing an address and up-front money for the would-be assassin, McEarchern left little doubt that if the threat had not been discovered he may have found someone to carry out the heinous deed,” Pak said.
McEarchern was arraigned before a U.S. Magistrate Judge and the case is being investigated by the FBI along with the help of Bartow County Sheriff's Office.