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Murder-for-hire attempt targeted area police chief and her sister

Troy Walker Neville and his ex-sister-in-law, Lampasas police Chief Sammy Bailey. (Jail photo...
Troy Walker Neville and his ex-sister-in-law, Lampasas police Chief Sammy Bailey. (Jail photo and City of Lampasas photo)(KWTX)
Published: Nov. 20, 2017 at 1:07 PM CST
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A Central Texas man is named in a two-count indictment stemming from what authorities say was an attempt to hire a hit man to kill his ex-wife and his ex-wife’s sister, who serves as police chief in Lampasas.

Troy Walker Neville, 45, was held Monday in the Coryell County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $1 million, charged with two counts of capital murder for remuneration.

He’s accused of trying to hire what turned out to be a confidential informant to kill his ex-wife, Rebecca Neville, and her sister, Lampasas police Chief Sammy Bailey, according to indictments released Friday.

Neville was already jailed on a probation violation when he was served with the new arrest warrants over the weekend.

Coryell County District Attorney Dusty Boyd said Neville was mad at both his ex-wife and at Bailey who he believed was influencing how police treated him.

Texas Rangers secured "the information and nature of communications by which Mr. Neville solicited" the murders, Boyd said.