PERU, Ind. (WLFI) – A Peru man is accused of trying to kill his ex-wife who is a Lafayette resident, according to 24-Hour News 8’s sister station, WLFI.
Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller said Gregory Konrath, 48, called deputies on July 4 to come check on his live-in girlfriend, who he said was making suicidal statements. When deputies arrived at the home on North Lincoln Street in Peru, the girlfriend told them she was not suicidal, but that Konrath was planning to kill his ex-wife.
Detectives were contacted and evidence indicated that Konrath planned to manipulate evidence to look like his ex-wife’s death was a suicide.
Deputies said the girlfriend had recorded conversations with Konrath. He said he needed the girlfriend to be his alibi and he wanted her to lie to detectives and tell them he had been home with her at the time of the murder.
In the recordings, Konrath also mentioned he wanted to use hollow point ammunition during the murder. He said the ammunition would not penetrate the skull a second time, which would cause more damage. He also talked about wearing two layers of clothing so the top layer could easily be taken off. He even picked out the dumpster that he would use to get rid of the clothing.
Konrath then went on to tell his girlfriend he did some research on his phone for his plan then got rid of the phone.
Konrath went on to tell his girlfriend that he took the gun to a range. He said he had not handled the gun without gloves in order to prevent the gun from being traced to him.
Detectives were able to find a loaded .38 caliber revolver with hollow-point ammunition, along with the bag of clothing and gloves mentioned in the recordings in Konrath’s garage.
Konrath agreed to be interviewed and confirmed details of the plot. He was arrested Tuesday on a charge of attempted murder. His bond was set at $250,000.
WLFI talked to Konrath’s ex-wife Thursday. She said they filed for divorce in 2008 and it was finalized in 2010.
Miller said this is an on-going investigation being conducted by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office with help from the Indiana State Police, the Lafayette Police Department, and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office.