Ex-automotive partner charged with murder-for-hire

A federal grand jury has indicted Erik Charles Maund, 47, a former associate of the Maund Automotive Group in Austin, Texas, and three others charged with murder-for-hire in the deaths of a Nashville couple, according to the US Department of Justice.

In addition to Maund, Gilad Peled, 48, and Bryon Brockway, 47, both Austin residents, as well as Richlands, North Carolina, resident Adam Carey, 31, have been charged with murder for hire, conspiracy for kidnapping causing death and kidnapping causing death, Mark H. Wildasin, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Tennessee, said in a press release.

The DOJ’s replacement indictment also alleges that after his arrest, Maund agreed to pay for the murder of a co-conspirator, who had demanded additional money.

“Peled informed Maund that one of the co-conspirators involved in the kidnapping and murders wanted more money as payment for the criminal acts. Maund agreed to pay the co-conspirator an additional $25,000 and then offered Peled $50,000 to arrange to pay Brockway $100,000 for the murder of the co-conspirator to halt any future demands for payment for the original murders,” the DOJ statement said.

Representatives for Maund were unavailable for comment.

The DOJ said in its statement that Maund transferred more than $750,000 from his bank account to an account controlled by Peled as payment to the three men for the kidnapping and murder of 33-year-old Holly Williams and William Lanway. , 36, on March 12. 2020.

According to a statement from the DOJ on December 13, 2021, Maund attended Nashville and in early February 2020, he emailed Williams to visit on a trip. Maund then received messages from Lanway, Williams’ boyfriend, asking for money to keep the relationship with Williams a secret.

Brockway and Carey killed Lanway, kidnapped Williams, and drove his and Lanway’s body to a construction site in Nashville, where they then killed Williams, according to the latest DOJ statement.

“Brockway and Carey, while armed with guns, confronted HW and WL in the parking lot of HW’s Nashville apartment complex and murdered WL by shooting him repeatedly. They then kidnapped HW and drove her and WL’s body to a construction site on Old Hickory Boulevard in Nashville, where they murdered HW by shooting him multiple times,” the DOJ statement read.

The four men were arrested on December 10, 2021 and are currently in custody.

If found guilty, all four face life in prison.

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