WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two men have been convicted of hiring a hit man to kill a Waukesha County woman.
Jurors deliberated about three hours before returning the verdict for Darren Wold and Jack Johnson Wednesday evening. Both were accused of hiring Justin Welch to kill 39-year-old Kimberly Smith in her Oconomowoc home in 2009. Prosecutors say Welch’s confession, guilty plea and testimony was key to the convictions. Authorities say Wold and Smith were involved in a bitter custody dispute over their son.
The victim’s friend, Susie Wolff, tells WISN-TV the verdict is a joyless victory, especially for Smith’s son. All three men will be sentenced in December.
Information from: WISN-TV, http://www.wisn.com