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70-year-old great-grandfather charged in murder-for-hire case

A 70-year-old great-grandfather in Alexander County has been charged in connection with a murder-for-hire case, authorities said Thursday.

Jackie Allen Fox of the 700 block of Devil Track Road was charged Tuesday with solicitation to commit murder, officials said.

Fox allegedly offered an acquaintance $2,500 to shoot someone who owed him money, said Tod Jones, chief deputy in the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. He declined to say how much money was involved in the dispute.

The person who was the target of the alleged scheme was an acquaintance of Fox, Jones said.

Authorities learned about the alleged offer on Monday, and Fox was arrested the next day when officers conducted a vehicle stop on Liberty Lane in Taylorsville, Jones said. He said authorities acted quickly to prevent someone from being hurt or killed.

Fox was placed in the county jail on $750,000 bond and has a first court appearance on Monday.

His wife, Geraldine, said Thursday that she is trying to understand the charges against her husband of more than half a century. She said the charges are out of character for the man she has been with for 54 years.

“I am absolutely shocked,” Geraldine Fox said. “Everyone who knows him is in shock. He is a 70-year-old great-grandfather in very bad health.”

She said her husband is a retired carpenter who has had back, heart and other health problems. He also has had memory problems, she said.

Researcher Maria David contributed

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