A resident of the The Village is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his ex-wife and her boyfriend, court records show.
David Wayne Sawyer, 47, was arrested Monday on a complaint of solicitation of murder. He was being held Tuesday in the Oklahoma County jail. Sawyer had not been formally charged.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court, Sawyer told his landlord, Travis Ban, of California, that he “wanted her dead,” referring to his wife.
Ban then purchased a cellphone and contacted Sawyer, pretending to be a hit man.
Court records show that Sawyer sent a text to Ban’s phone to instruct him that Sawyer had the couple’s two children and his ex-wife and boyfriend were home alone.
Sunday, Ban messaged the man’s ex-wife to warn her that Sawyer was trying to have her killed, according to the affidavit. The ex-wife then went to the police, at which time officers were able to speak to Ban.
Court records show that Sawyer suggested the hit man make it look like a murder-suicide so that insurance money would go to his two children.
Sawyer was arrested at his home. Court records show that he admitted to police he tried to hire a hit man to kill his ex-wife and her boyfriend and planned to use insurance money to pay for the job.