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A Walsall man is due to appear before an American court today charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife.
William Wallace, aged 33, was caught up in a child support and custody battle with his former partner while living in Santa Ana, California. He is accused of telling a private investigator he wanted her dead, and asking whether he knew anyone would murder he and dispose of the body.
The investigator was the one who turned him in to police.
Bail has been set for Wallace, formerly of the Yew Tree Estate, at $2 million (£1.2m). If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to 26 years to life in a state prison.
Wallace denies the charges.
A man from Walsall charged with planning to hire a hitman to kill his wife in California whilst he returned to the West Midlands for Christmas is due in court in America today.
Prosecutors have alleged William Wallace was involved in a custody battle over the couple's children.
Farrah Emami, a spokesperson for the Orange County District Attorney's Office, has told ITV News Central that William Wallace, the man accused of trying to hire a hit-man to kill his ex-wife, took a photograph of her with him to prevent a mix-up.
A father from Walsall is tonight in jail in Orange County, California, charged with hiring a hit man to kill his ex-wife. Police in America say he was involved in a custody battle.
Detectives say he planned for his former wife to be killed while he was back home in the Midlands for Christmas.
William Wallace is originally from the Yew Tree estate in Walsall, and is due to appear in court again in Orange County next Tuesday.