Athens businessman accused of plotting to murder his wife

Charles Johnson (source: McMinn County Sheriff's Office)
Charles Johnson (source: McMinn County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The McMinn County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a businessman accused of plotting to kill his wife.

According to Sheriff Joe Guy, a detective got a call from Timothy Ryan, 44, Friday evening. Ryan said he’d been approached by Charles Johnson, 47, of Athens, about a scheme to murder Johnson’s wife.

Ryan and Johnson have done business together in the past.

“I think the plan was to intercept her as she was coming or going to work,” explained Sheriff Guy.

He said the plan involved Mrs. Johnson’s commute to and from work on Highway 11. Investigators say Johnson wanted Ryan to hit her car with a moving van, then set the vehicle on fire with gasoline.

“Mr. Johnson is not cooperating with us as well as we would like him to. But we can say we did find some evidence at the home that substantiates what Mr. Ryan told us,” Sheriff Guy said.

Johnson was arrested and Mrs. Johnson made aware of the danger she was in.

Johnson was charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder and solicitation to commit first degree murder. He remains in the McMinn County Jail on $100,000 bond.

If he does bond out, the sheriff says Mrs. Johnson will be notified.

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