Man arrested after attempting to have girlfriend kill wife, police say

Man arrested after attempting to have girlfriend kill wife, police say
The suspect and his wife had a history of domestic violence, according to an affidavit.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police have arrested a man accused of trying to kill his wife by enlisting the help of his girlfriend.

According to an affidavit, the wife told police on April 3 that her husband, suspect Mark Noelker, Jr., 38, attempted to have his girlfriend help him kill her.

The wife told police her sister reached out to her after her husband’s girlfriend contacted her sister through Facebook Messenger.

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The girlfriend wanted to get information about Noelker and his wife from the sister, according to the affidavit.

The girlfriend sent the sister screenshots of conversations with Noelker, in which he wanted to know how to get his wife “offed.”

Noelker proposed his girlfriend get into a fight with his wife, and his wife would be shot in self-defense.

According to the affidavit, Noelker and his wife were involved in divorce and child custody proceedings.

The wife told police the couple has a history of domestic violence, although no arrests were previously made.

Noelker’s girlfriend told police the two met through a dating app and had a short sexual relationship, according to the affidavit.

The girlfriend told police she refused to help Noelker kill his wife, and believed it necessary to alert her.

Search warrants were issued for Noelker’s vehicle and his mother’s home in the 1800 block of Park Trail in Germantown.

Police found a Ruger 9mm pistol in Noelker’s vehicle.

Noelker told police he did not know the girlfriend, had never communicated with her and believed his wife was setting him up.

Noelker was charged with Solicitation of First-Degree Murder, according to the affidavit.