A Carrollton man accused of hiring a hit man to kill his wife paid about $85,000 for the job, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Tuesday.
The wife, Nancy Howard, was shot in the left eye but survived, authorities said.
Her husband, John Franklin Howard, 52, was arrested Sunday. He remained in the Denton County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $1 million.
John Howard is the director and president of Genschu Management Co. in Addison.
Dustin Hiroms, the man accused of shooting Nancy Howard, was arrested Friday in Van, in Van Zandt County, police said. He faces a charge of aggravated robbery.
The shooting occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Howards' residence in the 1500 block of Bluebonnet Way in Carrollton.
Nancy Howard was able to call 911. She told investigators that she was in the garage when a man in his 20s wearing a black baseball cap and black-rimmed glasses walked up to her, put a gun to her head and demanded her purse, according to the affidavit.
She said she handed over her purse, and the man shot her in the face.
She lost her left eye, police said.
Detectives learned that John Franklin Howard had numerous contacts and conversations with people about a contract killing of his wife, the affidavit stated. The first contact was in February 2009.
The affidavit stated that John Howard and Hiroms met several times in the three years, but the affidavit does not explain why no attempt was made until this month.
One plan that John Howard proposed was for the week of Aug. 8-11, when his wife was at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, according to the affidavit. Hiroms told authorities that John Howard said that he should not use a gun because it would draw too much attention, the affidavit stated.
Instead, he was to use a knife or bat and make it look like a robbery, according to the affidavit. There was no mention in the affidavit about any attempt at the Grapevine hotel.
John Howard paid about $85,000 for the job, police said.
Carrollton police declined to comment Tuesday.
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