Collierville murder-for-hire investigation closed after suspect's suicide

Kenneth Glenn
Kenneth Glenn

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - A murder-for-hire case in Collierville was cracked wide open after the prime suspect committed suicide in his own yard.

Police say Kenneth Glenn, the owner of General Building Services, shot and killed himself less than two hours before he was to turn himself in.

Glen was accused in a murder-for-hire plot that police believe spawned out a civil case which involved Ron Woods, a recently fired sales manager at General Building Services.

Woods was fired in March. Glenn sued Woods, accusing him of breaching a contract.  But Woods counter-sued, accusing Glenn of Slander.

On April 19, according to police, Glenn bought a pair of loafers from James Davis, and asked a sales associate if she "knew anyone who would take someone out?"  The sales associate replied, "Are you kidding me?" and walked away.

The next day, Glenn met one of his employees at Ridgeway Country Club.  Investigators say he gave the employee a gun, a box of ammunition, and $600.  Along with the weapons and cash, Glenn allegedly told the employee to shoot Ron Woods in the heart and head.

But when the employee met Woods at a Kroger in Hickory Hill, he told Woods that Glenn wanted to kill him.

On April 22, Glenn met with the employee near the First Tennessee Bank at Ridgeway and Quince.  There, he told the employee the police knew everything, and to abandon the murder plot.

On June 22nd, at Woods' request, investigators filed a 'conspiracy to commit murder' charge against Glenn.

Along with his attorney, Glenn agreed to turn himself in at 9:00 a.m. the following day.  But at 7:00 a.m., Glenn's wife found him dead on the couple's front lawn, after suffering a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

Monday, investigators said both cases are closed.  Glenn's death, according to police, was an obvious suicide, and no one else was involved in the murder-for-hire plot.

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

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