Mackville man charged in plot to kill Wendy's manager

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By The Staff

Two men accused of plotting to kill the manager of a Danville fast food restaurant last year will have pretrial conferences next month.

William Tate, 24, of Mackville, and Tad Shelton, 23, of Hustonville, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly planning to kill a manager at Wendy’s on Hustonville Road.

Attorneys for the two men appeared at a status hearing Tuesday in Boyle Circuit Court, when their pretrial conferences were set for March 2 before Judge Darren Peckler.

The two were indicted in September, but Peckler ordered the indictments sealed until the men could be located and arrested. They were eventually picked up by police in October and remain in the Boyle County Detention Center under bonds of $200,000 each.

Sheriff  Marty Elliott said Shelton and Tate planned to kill the manager, whose name is not listed in the indictment, on the night of March 22, but the plan was foiled by Boyle County deputies Derek Robbins and Al Isaacs, who were looking for the two men on another matter.

According to Elliott, Shelton and Tate were in a vehicle that night that was involved with a man brandishing a gun at Danville Cinemas 8. The vehicle was spotted later that evening at a church parking lot on the bypass, where men allegedly were siphoning gasoline from cars, Elliott said.

Because there was a gun involved in the earlier call, Robbins and Isaacs approached the vehicle at the church with their assault rifles at the ready. As the officers approached, a passenger in the front seat, later identified as Shelton, was seen tossing a handgun to the floorboard, Elliott said.

The two were taken into custody that night, but authorities didn’t learn of the murder plot until later. Kentucky State Trooper Donnie Moses heard about the plan and investigated, leading to the conspiracy-to-commit-murder indictments in September.

A backpack containing walkie-talkies and tape was recovered from the vehicle when Shelton and Tate were arrested. The motive behind the alleged plot is unclear, Elliott said, but the two men planned to carry it out the night they were arrested.