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Texas Car Dealer Allegedly Hired Ex-Soldiers To Murder Ex-Mistress, Boyfriend

Eric Charles Maund allegedly hired home security business owner, Gilad Peled, who contracted two ex-Marines to kill the car dealer's former mistress Holly Williams and her boyfriend William Lanway, according to authorities.

By Dorian Geiger

A Texas car dealer accused of hiring a man who said he was a former Israeli special forces soldier to assassinate his former mistress and her partner has been indicted on murder and kidnapping charges.

Eric Charles Maund, 46, is accused of soliciting a man he believed to be an ex-member of the Israeli Defense Forces to murder Holly Williams and William Lanway, according to a newly unsealed indictment obtained by Oyxgen.com.

Maund, Gilad Peled, 47, and two former U.S. Marines were indicted on charges including conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping resulting in death, and carrying, brandishing, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence in connection to the alleged murder-for-hire plot.

The two former Marines were identified as 46-year-old Bryon Brockway of Austin, Texas and 30-year-old Adam Carey of Richlands, North Carolina.

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In February 2020, Maund — who owns a string of automobile dealerships in the Austin-area — sent a text message to Williams, with whom he previously had a relationship, ahead of a visit to Nashville.

“Good day beautiful!” the text stated, according to the indictment. “Looking forward too [sic] later. I’ll meet you in the bar like last time. Text me when you arrive.”

Maund — who often traveled to Nashville to visit family — received a number of threatening text messages from Williams’ boyfriend, Lanway, after he returned to Texas. Lanway demanded cash and warned Maund that he’d expose the affair if the Texas auto dealer didn’t pay up, authorities said.

Maund then approached Peled, a self-professed former member of the Israeli Defense Forces, to help him deal with the extortion efforts. 

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According to the indictment, on March 5, Maund allegedly paid $15,000 to Peled, whose company advertised quashing extortion scenarios, in exchange for an “intelligence report.”

Carey and Brockway then began surveilling the couple, providing Maund with a report on March 9, authorities said.

On March 12, Maund transferred $150,000 to a bank account Peled oversaw. Later that day, prosecutors say, Carey and Brockaway gunned Lanway in a Nashville apartment parking lot and abducted Williams. The former Marines then allegedly drove Williams and Lanway's body to a construction site on Old Hickory Boulevard and shot her multiple times.

Williams and Lanway’s bodies were left at the construction site. The two ex-Marines then returned a rental car and fled Nashville.

In total, prosecutors say the auto dealer sent $750,000 to Peled, starting in March.

On Dec. 14, the FBI and Nashville Police detectives arrested Maund, Peled, Carey, and Brockway in different states. All four are currently in federal custody. 

“This investigation began with the discovery of two bodies inside a vehicle on Good Friday 2020,” Nashville Police Chief John Drake said, NBC News reported.

Carey and Brockway have detention hearings scheduled on Thursday in North Carolina and California, respectively, officials said.

Dale McConnell, a general manager at Charles Maund Volkswagen, wasn’t immediately available for comment regarding the open case when contacted by Oxygen.com on Tuesday morning.

If convicted, Maund, along with his alleged accomplices, face life in prison. 

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