A 37-year-old Gaithersburg man is accused of ordering a $1,000 hit on his fourth ex-wife, Montgomery County Police say. Perhaps, the fact it was his fourth ex-wife was a clue in itself.
Detectives say they received information last Tuesday Ndokey P. Enow wanted to hire someone to kill his ex-wife. An undercover Montgomery County Police officer posing as a hitman met with Enow at Four Corners in Silver Springseveral days later, offering his services to Enow for $1,000.
Enow then showed the "hitman" photos of his wife and where she lived. Just after the meeting concluded, Enow was arrested and charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
Enow confessed to the crime during police questioning. He is being held without bond.
The law in Maryland is that an attempted crime occurs when the defendant takes a substantial step, beyond mere preparation, toward the commission of the crime and that they intend to commit that crime. A defendant cannot be charged with both an attempt to commit a crime and the actual crime itself because by definition an attempt means that the person tried but was not successful in carrying out the criminal act. In Maryland, the maximum punishment for an attempt cannot exceed that of the punishment for the underlying offense.
Attempted murder in the first-degree is covered by Maryland Criminal Law Code §2-205. According to this code, any individual who attempts to commit first-degree murder can be found guilty of a felony. The associated penalty is imprisonment of up to life.