New developments in an Amarillo murder for hire plot.
Bill Ivy Jr. is charged with attempted capital murder and is accused of trying to pay someone to kill his wife’s lover. Billy Ivy Jr. is also facing several other charges. There are two new developments involving those charges Thursday. First, court documents show Ivy plans to plead guilty to a federal weapons charge.
In March, police searched Ivy’s ranch in Adrian. According to court documents, officers found three unregistered silencers with no serial numbers. By law, the silencers must be registered with a national database. Ivy faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to two-hundred-fifty thousand dollars when sentenced.
Meanwhile, Ivy was scheduled to appear for a bond reduction hearing at the Randall County Justice Center Thursday. Ivy currently has a $1million dollar bond for an arson charge in Randall County. That hearing got moved to later this month because Ivy couldn’t appear in court.
Yet, the lawyers for defense and prosecution still spoke before the judge Thursday. The defense said there were problems getting witnesses to come to the hearing. Also, one witness, Ivy’s former employee, couldn’t be found at all. The prosecution explained most people didn’t come today because they were told the hearing had been rescheduled.
Ivy is scheduled for another hearing next week.
Story provided by Amarillo ABC 7 News.
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