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Police: Man offered cash for wife's death

Montgomery County police charged a 42-year-old Rockville man with plotting to have his wife killed, saying he offered an acquaintance $1,000 and five oxycodone pills to carry out the murder.

Richard Bernard Boyd Jr. was being held without bond Friday night, officials said. Earlier in the day, he’d taken a scheduled meeting at his house with a man he thought would be his assassin, but the man had actually been working with detectives behind the scenes in the case, law enforcement officials said.

Police said the investigation began Sept. 30, when the would-be assassin approached a Rockville City police officer and said Boyd had asked him to kill his wife. Boyd suggested he use a gun, police said.

Rockville police notified county homicide detectives, who learned that Boyd and his wife were headed toward divorce. Boyd was concerned what the final conditions might be, said Capt. Paul Starks, a county police spokesman.

The pretend-assassin continued to talk with Boyd during the first week of October. At the meeting Friday, police said, Boyd presented him with a layout of their house, in the 14800 block of Rocking Spring Drive. No date was set to carry out the deed, police said.

After Friday’s meeting, Boyd was arrested at another location in Rockville. He was charged with one count of solicitation of murder in the first-degree and one count of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, police said.


Richard Bernard Boyd Jr. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Police Department)

By Dan Morse  | October 9, 2010; 4:00 AM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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It appears that giving the dude the oxy upfront was not the greatest idea.

Posted by: daweeni | October 9, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

"Boyd"? Obviously a Scottish illegal immigrant. I don't know why we tolerate those people in this country with their violent ways.

Posted by: FrankIBC | October 9, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse


The reason some people tolerate Scottish illegals is they dig the kilts.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 9, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

This shows the world how little a woman's life is in America. The most I have read of as being offered to kill a wife is $11,000. Isn't a life worth more then any dollar sum? It does not matter where a person was born, it is their mental health that matters, and we have plenty of homegrown terrorists against women born here.

As a person who keeps track of these things, I see plenty of women who are not counted in the FBI statistics because they just disappear or their murderers are never found. The Facebook page Civil Disobedience by Women of the United States posts the known murders of women by intimate partners daily. I suggest you join and read it. Then, let's do something about it.

Posted by: geal | October 9, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I think the soon-to-be-ex-Mrs. Boyd is going to get a much better divorce settlement than she expected! GREAT for her!

Posted by: DecafDrinker | October 9, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Savage!! Where's the outrage white ppl. The do-gooders, the hypocrits!!! He deserves life without the possibility of parole...How about the death penalty so that taxpayers don't have to foot the bill...

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | October 9, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Some idiots are ranting about this guy being an immigrant. How about all white people go back to Europe? Yeah, you immigrated from there like he did. What makes you think you belong here more than he does? Possibly because you are lazy to immigrate and your forefathers were smarter than you because they immigrated to make your life better. And now you feel entitled to this land more than others.

Posted by: rockmd | October 9, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone divorce that guy?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 9, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

cheapskate! no wonder the would-be contract killer went to the police.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | October 9, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Dang, no mention of "description" in the police but they sure published a photo. If'd he'd been black or hispanic, you wouldn't even have gotten that. Soon Wapo won't publish names in "events" such as "Sanchez" or "Tashira" because they with "signify."

Posted by: wjc1va | October 9, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Dang, no mention of "description" in the police but they sure published a photo. If'd he'd been black or hispanic, you wouldn't even have gotten that. Soon Wapo won't publish names in "events" such as "Sanchez" or "Tashira" because they with "signify."

Posted by: wjc1va |

Yes the plight of the white man in the white mans world. The man keeping the man down. LOL. Let me know when I am supposed to be outraged white man.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 12, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: wjc1va

Poor white man, they have it soo bad in america. A white man cant even do a murder for hire plot without his name and race being publicized in the media. Had he been a black guy you would have never know about it because of course we never know the race of the black person in these articles. The never show the picture. LOL. How can a white person make racist remarks about blacks and hispanics if they dont have pictures? How do we know when to stereotype them? Its just unfair when they show the white mans face. Poor white guys.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 12, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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