UPDATE: Chesterfield police arrest widow in "Murder for Hire" of husband

Delilah Wiley
Delilah Wiley

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A new twist in a Chesterfield County murder case that began in 2008. The widow of the man gunned down is now under arrest in what police call a "murder for hire". Delilah Wiley, 24, of Norfolk, is in the Chesterfield County jail facing three charges.

On April 1, 2008, the parking lot of Pre-Con, a manufacturing plant off of Jefferson Davis Highway, became a crime scene. Former employee Dell Wiley, 25, was gunned as he waited to pick up his wife, Delilah, from work.

In September of 2009, Christopher Clagon, 27, was convicted of first degree murder in Dell Wiley's death. He's now behind bars. But now, Chesterfield Police say Delilah Wiley hired Clagon, to pull the trigger that morning on her husband.

"From the onset of the investigation, we believed that Mr. Wiley's wife was probably also involved in the crime. And for the last two years, we have been working on that case, collecting evidence, and conducting interviews," said Capt. Terry Patterson.

Delilah was indicted by a grand jury on three charges: Conspiracy to commit murder, first degree murder, and use of a firearm in a felony. It's been reported that she and Clagon were romantically involved.

"If you conspire with someone in an attempt to hire them to kill someone else, it's the same thing as if you were standing alongside them," Patterson said.

Police won't say how they finally compiled enough evidence to arrest Delilah Wiley, and the indictment papers were sealed by a judge. They won't be made public until Wiley appears in court. What police do say is that this case shows how their work never stops.

"A lot of folks feel like when someone's been arrested for a crime, and certainly when they've been convicted of it, that the case is closed. But that's not always the case," Patterson said.

Delilah Wiley is being held without bond tonight. She's due in court June 29.

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