Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford is a man of the law.
Over a period of four days, Alford reportedly worked on the side of justice while posing as a hit man and negotiating the murder of two individuals.
And Alford didn't have to throw the bait very far to get a bite. The murders were allegedly solicited by a man living in the sheriff's own backyard - the Johnson County Jail.
Inmate Tab Denny Johnson, 52, was being held on a $100,000 bond and criminal charges relating to his estranged wife, according to press release from Sgt. Tom Hargrave with the sheriff's office. Johnson upped the ante when he netted additional charges for capital solicitation of murder and an additional $1 million in bond, according to Hargrave.
The investigation reportedly began when another of law enforcement official, Lt. Brian Peterson, learned Johnson was attempting to hire fellow inmates to kill his estranged wife and a male friend.
Working with Texas Ranger Don Stoner and the Johnson County District Attorney's Office, officials learned the allegations could corroborated. Johnson had allegedly offered money and vehicles in exchange for murder.
The two departments made contact with Alford, who was experienced in working as an undercover capacity and posing as a hit man.
The faux assassin and inmate came to an agreement and established a contract for murder. Johnson allegedly put up collateral for the service and agreed to pay for the murders after he was released from jail.
"After the case was developed and warrants for the new charges were served on Tab Johnson, he had a difficult time believing and being convinced the 'hit man' he had talked to over the course of four days, had negotiated a contract with and had agreed to pay for committing the two capital murders was in reality Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford," Hargrave said.