People vent on facebook. They celebrate. They network. They solicit people for jobs. Twenty-year-old London Eley asked for someone to kill the father of her child. And she found him.
“I will pay somebody a stack to kill my baby father.”
This is the facebook status Eley posted on May 23 after having an argument with her child’s father. It was used as evidence to arrest her on June 10 for offering a hitman $1,000 to get the job done.
The first reply to her status was from 18-year-old Tim Bynum. He wrote, “say no more, what he look like?”
The victim’s aunt saw the post, alerted her nephew and the two went straight to the police.
“He has guns in his pictures and all that on facebook,” the alleged victim said. “Of course you wouldn’t take anything like that lightly.”
Bynum’s mother, Madeline Wimberly, believes the situation was exaggerated. “He would never do anything like that and it was just blown out of proportion,” she said.
The police were not convinced.
“We did a search warrant at his home on Friday,” said Lieutenant John Walker. “We recovered from inside the house a nine millimeter fully-loaded handgun.”
Eley was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and is being held on $250,000 bail. Bynum, who was arrested on June 12, was charged with attempted murder and a weapons charge. He is being held on $350,000 bail.
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