According to the plea agreement, Allen Wayne Morgan was contacted by telephone by an FBI informant claiming to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
The purpose of the call was to verify that Morgan was looking to hire someone to kill the intended victim in the case, who Morgan believed had raped his wife a few days earlier. Before the call from the informant, Morgan had told someone else by phone that he wanted to hire a killer. This person apparently notified the FBI.
In that phone conversation, Morgan used a racial slur to describe the man he wanted killed and bragged that he had just fired several shots toward the man to intimidate him.
He went on to say that he had confronted his victim in the passenger seat of a Jeep with a semi-automatic pistol, and although he fired several shots, he said he did not intend to kill the victim in front of witnesses.
Morgan also described, in detail, how he wanted the man "hung from a tree like a deer and gutted," to have body parts cut off, and to "die a slow, painful death."
The informant responded by saying “we’re not talking about roughing anybody up here. We’re talking dead, so…when they give us a call and give us the green light, that’s, that’s what we’re coming for…Just want to make sure you’re good with that.”
They agreed to meet the following Sunday, when Morgan said they “would talk about the finances.” The informant said “We’re doing this for the cause. We need a little something for gas and food and that kind of stuff.” Morgan said he would have the arrangements ready by the end of the week.
When Morgan met with the informant and another undercover operative in Oxford, he gave them a necklace and a watch as upfront payment, with the promise of some money and a firearm afterward.
After providing them with a map and description of the target, Morgan was taken into custody.
Morgan now faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, followed by a term of supervised probation as well as fines and restitution.
According to Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore, the alleged rape was reported on the night of Aug. 12, about 10:30 p.m. Earlier that day, the wife said she had been involved in an altercation with an unknown white male, and that the alleged suspect came to her aid. He later transported her to a residence in Munford, where she told investigators she was given pills, then passed out. When she woke up, she said she knew she had been raped, and ran to another residence. From there, she called the accused, who told her they had had sex several times the night before.
Kilgore said that no arrests had been made in the case as of Friday afternoon.
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