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A Fayette County wife is Accused of hiring a Hitman to kill her Husband who is Charged with Child Sex Crimes

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State Police say a wife tries to have her husband, who is accused of molesting three children, killed State Police say a wife tries to have her husband, who is accused of molesting three children, killed
State Police say a wife tries to have her husband, who is accused of molesting three children, killed. If you remember, Gale Swaggerty was arrested back in May on 21 Felony counts of sexual abuse involving minors.


State Troopers said Gale Swaggerty's wife Sarah and her friend, Tammy Bair, hired a hitman to kill him. 


"On the 23rd of this month, State Police and the Drug Task Force conducted a Murder-For-Hire," said Sgt. K. D. Horrocks.


Gale Swaggerty of Layland was charged with ten felony counts of sexual abuse against a minor child; ten felony counts of first degree sexual abuse and one felony count of first degree sexual assault. 


State Troopers say there were three separate juveniles that Gale Swaggerty was alleged to have sexual relations with, including 2 of his relatives.


"Right here at the Prince train station is where State Police say Sarah Swaggerty and friend Tammy Bair met and gave $500 to a hitman, an undercover officer. State Police also say that Swaggerty said she wanted her husband dead and for it to look like an accident.


Sgt. Horrocks told us the two told the hitman they would pay a total amount of $2,500 for the murder for hire. 


"There was an exchange of $500 at the train station with an agreement that after the murder was completed there would be an additional $500 paid and monthly payments made thereafter," he said.


The Sgt. went on to say this is a very unusual crime.


"It's not very common, it's not something we see every day in this county. It lets people know that there are people who would go to these lengths to see harm come to someone else," Horrocks said.


     Gale Swaggerty remains out on bond and State Police say he is no longer living with his wife.

     Both Sarah Swaggerty and Tammy Bair remain in jail on $100,000 bond each.

     They are in Southern Regional Jail on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder. 

     The two each face up to 20 years in jail.