Tenn. attorney accused of trying to hire hit man to kill wife

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JACKSON, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Collierville attorney who is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife.

Authorities began investigating Fred Wortman III earlier this month after a concerned citizen contacted law enforcement and stated that the 39-year-old man had contacted him to find someone to kill his wife.

On Friday, Wortman met with a TBI agent who posed as a potential hit man. Wortman supplied the agent with information about his wife and a down payment for her murder

Wortman was taken into custody and is charged with one count of solicitation of first degree murder.

He is being held on a $15 million bond in the Fayette County jail.

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