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Did Lawyer's Wife Pay $40,000 to Have Him Killed?

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A suspect in the murder of Talladega attorney Blake Lazenby said Lazenby's wife offered $40,000 to have her husband killed.
Calvin McCall Haynes (photo above) said he did not want to take part in the murder plot, but he provided the name of another suspect, Ocie Lee Lynch. Haynes said Earnest James Files Jr. arranged the killing on behalf of Geanne Lazenby--and Lynch and Charles Andrew Joseph Hendrix carried it out by shooting and stabbing Blake Lazenby in his Sylacauga home.
Haynes made the statements during an interview at the Birmingham Police Department in January. The statements were presented Tuesday at a preliminary hearing and reported in yesterday's edition of The Talladega Daily Home.
Blake and Geanne Lazenby were in the midst of a contentious divorce  at the time of the murder last July. Four men--Files, Hendrix, Haynes, and Lynch--have been arrested in the case. Haynes said he was not present during the murder, but a man identified only as Jeremy drove Lynch and Hendrix to Blake Lazenby's house.
Geanne Lazenby has not been arrested, but the Daily Home reports:

Solicitation of and conspiracy to commit murder are Class A felonies in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by 10 to 99 years or life in prison. Conviction for capital murder carries a penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole or death by lethal injection.

"The first ever, ever time, I told him I didn't want no part of it," Haynes stated in the recording. "He came back in another year, last year. He was with the girl he was with and two children in a white Chevrolet Silverado. There was a white woman in the front and two kids in the back. (Files) was like, "She wants to talk to you about killing her husband." She asked me to come around to her side, and I did. She was like, "I have all the money right here. I just want the job done.'"

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Haynes said the woman showed him a bag full of money, but he did not count it.

"It was a lot of money," he said. "Then she was like, "I want my husband dead.' I said I didn't want no part of it, but I said, "Well, Ocie (Lynch) might do something like that.'"

"I go to Ocie," Haynes said. "I was like, "Well, the lady said she got 40 G's, and she want her husband killed. Are you down with it?' And he was like, "I'm down with it.'"

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He said Files gave Lynch $2,000 of his own money when he agreed to carry out the murder. Haynes said he was not at Lazenby's house the night of the murder, nor did he ever visit the house.

"(Files) wrote down the address and told Ocie how to get there," Haynes said. "When he wrote down the address, Ocie was like, "I got it. You ain't got nothing to worry about.'"


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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)

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