Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

August 8, 2012

Man accused of plotting to kill his wife

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — A Maryland man has been charged with trying to hire a hit man in northern Virginia to kill his wife.

Leesburg police say Wendell Mansel of Annapolis, Md., approached a man there several weeks ago for help with finding a contract killer.

The Leesburg resident contacted police, who arranged for Mansel to meet with an undercover officer. Police say Mansel spoke about his wish to have his wife killed.

Mansel was arrested on Friday after police say he drove to Leesburg to meet with the officer again, bringing a gun and other valuables as partial payment.

He's been charged with attempted capital murder, murder-for-hire and soliciting murder-for-hire and is being held without bond. An attorney for him could not immediately be located.

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