MORE: Target of alleged murder-for-hire speaks out
The “accident” was timed to coincide for when Christian Carter would be dropping off the couple’s children, and Shelly Carter instructed the hit man to “do it even if the kids were in the car,” Meehan said during the preliminary hearing.
Shelly Carter allegedly offered to pay Donald Sandlin $1,000 — $500 up front and $500 after the job was completed — and give him an SUV as payment.
Instead, Sandlin told police about the alleged plot, Meehan said.
Police were conducting surveillance on Shelly Carter and the Frymans at the Browns Run Road home and at Carter’s dog grooming business on Vannest Avenue when they received an anonymous tip Sept. 22 that they were at the Madison Inn. Meehan said police, along with Butler County Sheriff’s deputies, went to the bar and arrested all three.
Also arrested at the bar was Shelly Carter’s boyfriend, Ryan Stark.
Stark was not involved in the murder-for-hire conspiracy but confirmed the alleged plot, according to Meehan.
Stark, 23, of Cincinnati, was also indicted by a grand jury today on two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and illegal possession of a firearm in a liquor permit premises, fourth and fifth-degree felonies.
Bond was set in municipal court at $750,000 for Carter, and $250,000 each for both Frymans. Stark’s bond was continued at $50,000.
Carter and the Frymans are scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 3 by Judge Keith Speath. Stark is schedueld to be arraiged Monday by Judge Michael Oster.
This article contains previous reporting by staff writer Rick McCrabb.