April Dawn Davis paid $34 as a down payment to have her ex-boyfriend killed, according to the taped conversation she had with an undercover police officer.
Prosecutors played the tape at Davis' preliminary hearing Wednesday, Jan. 11 in Fairfax County General District Court.
"I'll be paid Friday, if that's OK. I just want this taken care of," she told the undercover officer who met with Davis, 27 of the 9700 block of Kingsbridge Drive in Fairfax, on Nov. 15.
Davis said she wanted to hire someone to kill her 22-year-old ex-boyfriend, according to Fairfax County police reports. After another discussion with the officer about the planned murder on Nov. 30, Davis was arrested Dec. 2 at the Lone Star Steakhouse where she worked in the City of Fairfax. She was charged with solicitation to commit murder.
"WE HAVE EVIDENCE that shows she had every intention of hiring the officer, although she didn't know it was the officer, to kill her ex-boyfriend," Fairfax County Police spokesperson Mary Mulrenan said around the time of her arrest.
According to the taped conversation played by Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Marc Birnbaum last week, the undercover officer told Davis, "You have to convince me that you want this guy killed." The officer told Davis he didn't want to commit the "murder" and then have her regret what she planned and tell police he was to blame.
"I wouldn't do that to you. I want him dead, gone," she said, according to the tape played in General District Court.
"Does he have any idea you want him dead?" asked the officer. "No, no idea," she said.
Davis told the officer she wanted her boyfriend killed because "he screwed my grandmother out of $15,000," that her grandmother paid on a car loan and because she saw him with another woman.
"Everybody said, 'If I was you, I'd get rid of him,'" Davis told the officer.
After Davis gave details of where her ex-boyfriend worked and the door he was most likely to exit after he finished his shift at a bowling alley, the officer warned Davis that "it's going to hurt."
He told her he could probably get the murder done before Thanksgiving — after she paid him $500 of the agreed $2,000 — and wouldn't charge her extra if he had to kill another person who was with her ex-boyfriend as they exited the bowling alley.
"OK, I really appreciate this," Davis said.
Davis was indicted Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Fairfax County Circuit Court and is currently scheduled for further court hearings in February. Davis, who pleaded not guilty, faces up to 40 years in prison if she is convicted.