Hot Springs Man Allegedly Wanted to Murder Father's Caretaker

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.-- "I really don't have time at the moment I have so much going on right now," a longtime friend of Ricky Alexander said.

Loved ones of Ricky Alexander were picking up the pieces Tuesday after the 58-year old's arrest in an alleged murder for hire plot.

"I hope everything gets taken care of I don't know all of the details," the longtime friend of Alexander said.

Hot Springs police arrested him Monday after a witness told them Alexander wanted to pay him $10,000 to kill a woman and bury her body.

"It started really really bothering him that she was going to get away with it," Alexander's neighbor James Lowery said.

Lowery says that woman, Amy Emley, took care of Alexander's elderly father at his home for months but Alexander later learned the caretaker allegedly cashed tens of thousands of his dad's dollars in fraudulent checks. 

"He went to the bank to have them check how many checks were being cashed and after they added it up he said it was over $40,000," Lowery said.

While Lowery says Alexander tried to get the fraudulent checks cleared in court, his blind father wasn't able to verify the signatures and the case was closed.

"They really tried to prosecute it but because they couldn't verify his signature and the prosecuting attorney said most likely he wouldn't win the case," Lowery said.

Alexander later admitted to shooting a man last October at Emley's home but loved ones say his father's death was the tipping point.

"When he gets angry he usually lets it go but for some reason he cannot let it go," Lowery said. 


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