The Nashville Sun Times reported Fred Wortman III of Collierville, Tennessee is being held on a $15 million bond in county jail for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife.
Wortman is a 39-year-old lawyer, pilot and father of three children. He was arrested and charged with solicitation of first-degree murder after a citizen tipped off law enforcement of Wortman’s alleged scheme.
According to NyDailyNews, a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent met with Wortman, posing as a potential hitman. Wortman gave the agent information about his wife as well as a “down payment for murder.”
If convicted, professional sanctions are likely to follow.