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Murder for hire scheme leads to arrest of southern Indiana man

Mark McCane

Mark McCane

FLOYD KONBS, Ind. – A southern Indiana man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to hire a man to murder his ex-wife.

Mark McCane, 48, of Floyd Knobs, was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder, a Level 2 Felony, and Theft of a Firearm, a Level 6 Felony, after authorities obtained recordings of eight possibly-incriminating phone conversations with a man named Johnny Brown.

The conversations centered on talking about murdering McCane’s ex-wife, who he reportedly had a “particularly tumultuous relationship” with. The two spoke about several different methods and locations to kill her at and how dispose of her body, according to a probable cause affidavit. They also reportedly spoke about methods on how to make a silencer for a gun.

During an interview with a Floyd County sheriff’s deputy, Brown admitted to taking part in these conversations. He said he met with McCane at a New Albany Kroger, where he was paid $100 to assess a location as a possible place to commit the murder of the ex-wife. The location was a McDonalds, where McCane and the woman exchange custody of their son. Brown said he did go to the McDonalds and that there was fence that McCane thought Brown could hide behind while shooting the woman.

In one of the recorded conversations, Brown told McCane that he was broke and needed $1,000 to pay bills. Brown says McCane later gave him the money and he was under the impression that it was an advance payment for killing the ex-wife.

Brown says he was also paid $100 to follow the ex-wife after a custody exchange. He also said he never intended to harm her, but was instead just taking money from McCane.

Brown said he was recording the conversations so that he could get more money out of McCane after “everything was over.”

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