Newlywed hired hitmen to kill husband but she wasn’t even the beneficiary

Uloma Curry-Walker (Photo Credit: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office)

Uloma Curry-Walker, 45, faces life in prison without parole for the November 3, 2013, murder of William Walker. Four months into her marriage, she asked her 17-year-old daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend to find someone to kill William.  She was so anxious to pay off the debt she created through credit cards and loans, and collect his $100K life insurance policy, she didn’t bother to check to see if she was even the beneficiary. Well, she wasn’t. The firefighter had not changed his policy over from his first wife, who actually got the payout in the months after his death.

William Walker (Photo Credit: Cleveland City Hall)

Curry-Walker gave her daughter’s boyfriend, Chad Padgett, a $1,000 down payment to carry out the slaying. Padgett hired his cousin, Chris Hein, who initially failed in his attempt to kill Walker. Hein sought the assistance of Ryan Dorty to carry out the killing.

Chad Padgett (Photo Credit: Cleveland Police)

The murder attempt was orchestrated around the newlyweds move to a new home outside Cleveland. Curry-Walker sent William out to get McDonald’s while they were packing. When he returned, he was ambushed by and shot four times by Dorty.

In an attempt to cover her tracks, Curry-Walker wrote a confession letter the day before she turned herself in to police, in which she said she killed Walker because he was abusive.

The daughter’s recollection differed from her mom’s, saying her mother told her that “no one would believe I would hire a bunch of kids to kill someone when I know people that could.” And she also testified that she was riding in a car with Curry-Walker and Padgett when her mother first mentioned the plot.

As part of a plea deal, Curry-Walker’s daughter, Padgett, Hein and Dorty testified against Curry-Walker at trial for their roles in the murder conspiracy.

Chris Hein (Photo Credit: Cleveland Police)

Hein agreed to a sentence of 18 years to life; Padgett 28 years to life; and Dorty 23 years to life.

Curry-Walker’s daughter walked free after serving a month in a juvenile detention center.

Ryan Dorty (Photo Credit: Cleveland Police)

Curry-Walker was found guilty of aggravated murder, conspiracy, felonious assault and other charges on Friday, July 7, 2017, in a Cleveland court. It was the couple’s fourth wedding anniversary.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 8.

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  1. So she involved her 17yo daughter, the daughter’s boyfriend, the boyfriend’s cousin and the cousin’s assistant and expected them to all keep quiet? Wow.

  2. she look like a lady name peggy dinkins from kansas city go to face book and put that name in and the wife look like twins with this chick . peggy wears blue contacts . and she wears her hair light sometimes but they really look alike dannnng . this is so sad, she was a greedy monster, i hope she enjoy her new bitch in prison . she gonna get beat to death .
    her kid is the one i feel sorry for , she watched her own mother act demonic and sad , , this man lost his life over a greed botch . so can somone just marry you to kill you? god forbidd he had a few million laying around , !!!!! she would of killed her own child to get paid , how do you go to a jail and visit a woman who killed a man like that …. and do you want to even . i would write her off and never see her til she is buried in her coffin dress . she is the most decusting of females uuallly white chicks do this .
    he though he had something too i bet

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