Annapolis man arrested in murder-for-hire scheme

Man allegedly attempts to have his wife killed

August 09, 2012|By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

An Annapolis man is facing attempted murder charges in a murder-for-hire scheme in Leesburg, Va.

Wendell B. Mansel, 54, was arrested Aug. 3 during a meeting with a Leesburg undercover police officer, who was posing as a hit man. In what was their final meeting, Mansel told the officer he wished to have his wife killed and offered him a partial payment to carry out the hit, police said.

He is charged with attempted capital murder, murder-for-hire and soliciting murder-for-hire. He remains incarcerated in Virginia, where he is being held without bond.

Police said Mansel had approached a Leesburg man several weeks ago and sought help in finding a contract killer. That man notified local police, who arranged for the suspect to meet with an undercover officer several times. During the meetings, Mansel laid out the specifics of what he wanted done, police said.

Mansel drove to Leesburg again Aug. 3 to finalize plans with the officer and attempted to pay him with a gun and other valuables.

The Leesburg police coordinated with their counterparts in Anne Arundel County to ensure the safety of Mansel's wife.

A preliminary hearing is set for next month.

Mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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