Inmate indicted on attempted capital murder for trying to have judge killed

McLennan County Jail
POSTED: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 6:52am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:19pm

A McLennan County Grand Jury has indicted a Waco inmate on an attempted capital murder charge for reportedly trying to hire a hitman to kill a district judge who has twice sentenced him to prison.

William Phillips, 63, is an inmate at the Jack Harwell Detention Center. Phillips was reportedly willing to pay $30,000 to have Waco State District Judge Matt Johnson killed.

Phillips has been arrested several times on possession of pornography, indecency with a child, and failure to register as a sex offender charges. Several agencies worked together, undercover, for ten months before charging Phillips with attempted capital murder.


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