ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — Deputies have accused a great-grandfather with trying to hire a hit-man to commit murder in Alexander County.
According to WSOC, Jackie Fox, 70, was arrested during a traffic stop not far from his home and is locked up under a $750,000 bond.
Deputies said they moved very quickly to arrest Fox, fearing someone could end up being hurt.
Fox’s wife, Geraldine, was shocked.
“It’s not my husband. Who would do something like that? I’ve known him for 54 years and he is a sweetheart,” she told WSOC.
Investigators said Fox tried to pay someone $2,500 to kill a man who owed him money. They said it was a tip that led them to begin their investigation earlier this week.
Authorities are releasing few details about their investigation but said they have a solid case against Fox.
Geraldine believes her husband may have become confused from his medication and is asking for prayers tonight for her family and answers in the case.
Deputies executed a search warrant at Fox’s house in the Bethlehem community where his wife said they seized several of his firearms.
Fox remains in the county jail.