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Three charged for carrying out murder-for-hire plot in Scott County, Ind.

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SCOTT COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Three people are charged in an alleged case of murder for hire in Scott County, Ind., involving protective orders, a divorce and a gun.

The victim’s sons say their father was worried something like this would happen.

Bill Reynolds, 69, just beat cancer after spending several months at the VA hospital. But now his three accused killers are behind bars in Scott County – and one of them is his step-daughter.

"It just took a while for us to even find out he was shot," said Bill Reynolds’ son, who shares the same name.

On Saturday, he and his brother Henry buried their father, a decorated Vietnam veteran.

They say after their father’s death, they found several life insurance policies were taken out in his name, but that he didn’t do it.

Court papers show Reynolds was going through a divorce and property dispute with his wife, Dalene Cates. The two also had protective orders out against each other and a small claims civil suit.

"He was calling my brother and I and, you know, was telling us the situation with him being sick and was talking to us a lot, “ son Henry Reynolds said. “It just seemed like their marriage started to go downhill progressively."

The sons say a judge awarded their father his home, forcing his wife out. Sept. 27 was supposed to be his first night there alone.

That's the same day police found Reynolds shot to death in the driveway. Investigators say Kerry Heald, 22, admitted to the shooting.

He allegedly told officers he confronted Reynolds at the gate and shot him once in the head.

Court papers say, not long before the crime, Heald met with Jacob Mathis, 21, and Johnetta Hall, 42, to discuss the murder. Hall, the victim’s step-daughter, allegedly supplied the loaded gun and agreed to compensate the men.

“It's a shock to us to think that the capabilities of something like that happening to people that I feel like he was extremely good to, took care of and was there for could do anything like that to him," Henry Reynolds said.

After the murder, the three suspects were caught on camera at this Storage Express in Austin. Heald allegedly wrapped the gun in a T-shirt and put it in Hall's car.

"We're still investigating what the financial arrangement might have been,” Scott County Prosecutor Jason Mount said. “It's our understanding at this time that there was some personal property that was promised to these young men and there may have also been an automobile involved.

Mount says his office plans to seek life without parole for all three.

"Each one is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and obstruction of justice," Mount said.

Mount says he’s still going through electronic evidence, things like Facebook and text messages, and says there could be more suspects involved.

All three suspects are back in court in November with a scheduled trial date of March 2016.

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