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Newlywed woman hired hitmen to kill husband for insurance money only to learn his ex-wife was still the beneficiary

By Mason White 12:43 PM July 9, 2017
Curry-Walker (top left) William Walker (center) Chad Padgett (right) Chris Hein (bottom left) Ryan Dorty
Curry-Walker (top left) William Walker (center)
Chad Padgett (right) Chris Hein (bottom left) Ryan Dorty
By: Alexis Bell

A newlywed woman hired men to kill her firefighter husband for his insurance money.

However, she did not realize that her husband did not yet get around to make her the beneficiary of his life insurance, and instead, his ex-wife was the one who received the money.

45-year-old Uloma Curry-Walker has now been convicted of aggravated murder and she is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The jury heard that Curry-Walker asked her 17-year-old daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend to find friends who can kill her husband William Walker.

The couple was married for just four months and they were ready to move into their new home that they bought together at the time of the murder.

However, the couple racked up a lot of debt and they were in financial ruins when Curry-Walker decided to hire the hitmen so she can get her hands on her new husband’s $100,000 life insurance.

The daughter’s boyfriend Chad Padgett, recruited his cousin Chris Hein to do the “job.” Curry-Walker gave him $1,000 up front to carry out the murder.

However, when Hein failed the carry out the murder, he asked Ryan Dorty for help.

Prosecutors said Dorty ambushed Walker and shot him four times as he returned home with fast food that Curry-Walker had asked him to buy for her.

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, the daughter, her now ex-boyfriend, and the two other suspects, testified against Curry-Walker.

In the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to charge Curry-Walker’s daughter as a minor instead of as an adult, escaping a much harsher sentence.

She will spend only one month in a juvenile detention center for her part in the crime.

Padgett, Hein, and Dorty were charged with aggravated murder, murder, conspiracy and felonious assault.

Padgett, 21, who recruited the shooter, was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison. Dorty, 23, who was the shooter, will spend 23 years to life in prison and Hein, 22, was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.