Man charged in area murder-for-hire plot sentenced in unrelated case

Troy Walker Neville and his ex-sister-in-law, Lampasas police Chief Sammy Bailey. (Jail photo and City of Lampasas photo)
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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) A Coryell County state district judge Friday revoked the probation of a Lampasas man convicted of drug possession who now faces trial on charges 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 an area police chief.

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

He’s scheduled to go on trial on the charges on Jan. 14.

Neville is 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 handed up in November 2017.

Neville was already jailed on the probation violation when he was served with the arrest warrants stemming from the alleged murder-for-hire case.

Neville was released on probation on the felony drug charge in August 2017, but at the time an investigation was already underway in the solicitation of murder case.

Prosecutors moved to revoke his probation once the murder-for-hire investigation was completed and on Tuesday 52nd State District Court Judge Trent Farrell heard the revocation motion.

Friday morning, Farrell gave Neville the maximum 20-year prison sentence for the narcotics conviction.

“We are very satisfied with the sentencing of the maximum sentence of 20 years based on the evidence and testimony during the punishment phase of the revocation hearing,” Coryell County Attorney Dustin Boyd said.