Memphis businessman in murder for hire plot commits suicide

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis businessman is suspected of taking his own life rather than turning himself in to police as the suspect in a murder for hire plot.

Two hours before 53-year-old Kenneth Glenn's agreed upon surrender time, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies were call to a home just outside of Collierville where they found him dead in the yard with a gunshot wound to his chest and a pistol by his side.

The Shelby County Medical Examiner's office began investigating Glenn two months ago after a citizen reported an "alleged murder for hire plot against his life."

Detectives recently issued warrants for Glenn's arrest.  He had agreed to turn himself in at 9 a.m. last Wednesday, but committed suicide instead.

Neighbors in the upscale Collierville neighborhood called the situation unbelievable.

"I'm shocked, can't believe that would go on here," said Josh Coley.

"Are you kidding me?" Vicki Sherrard said.  "Absolutely frightening.  I live two streets down, so yes, very frightening."

Sherrard said the Glenns kept to themselves.

"Have not met him at any of the neighborhood events," she said.

Glenn was the president of General Building Services, according to his obituary.  The commercial janitorial and cleaning company is located on Lamar Avenue and is owned by his mother.  Their website said their customers range from casinos to banks.

Glenn appeared to be successful at his job.  His home is worth more than a half a million dollars and he belonged to two country clubs.  His obituary said, "he was an avid golfer and loved spending time with family and friends.  He enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest."

He was to be charged with solicitation to commit first degree murder and criminal conspiracy to commit first degree murder.

Glenn's obituary said he is survived by his wife of six years, daughter and two stepdaughters.

The Collierville Police Department said their investigation into the murder plot is now closed due to the death of the offender.

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