A Waldorf man remains jailed after he allegedly tried to hire a friend to kill his wife and a Prince George's County man by burying them alive, the Maryland State Police said this week.
James Paul Seng, 25, was arrested Friday night at his home and charged with two counts of solicitation to commit murder, police said. Seng was being held at the Charles County Detention Center after Charles County District Court Judge Richard Cooper set his bond at $250,000 at a hearing Tuesday.
The investigation that led to the charges began Nov. 18, authorities said, after a Waldorf resident named Ryan Tyler, a friend and roommate of Seng's, came to the Maryland State Police barracks and told officers that Seng had asked for Tyler's help in killing Seng's wife, Terri Lynn Seng, 21, and an acquaintance, Dwight A. McKinney, 20.
Tyler told police that Seng became "enraged" over his wife's "close personal relationship" with McKinney, according to the arrest affidavit. Seng asked Tyler to help him abduct Terri Seng and McKinney and take them to a remote area "where they were to be buried alive in a hole in the earth that was to be dug prior to the abduction," according to charging papers.
Seng offered to give Tyler free rent and a car if he helped in the abduction and killing, police said.
Maj. Thomas Bowers, commander of the criminal enforcement unit of the Maryland State Police, said that Seng is a crane operator by trade and that he made it clear to Tyler that he had access to large machinery that could be used in carrying out the plot.
Seng asked Tyler to take his wife and her friend "to a rural area of Charles County," Bowers said. "In a more rural setting, they would not be discovered burying the bodies."
Seng also purchased a blackjack--a weapon similar to a policeman's nightstick--brass knuckles and a throwing knife for use in executing the plan, charging documents said.
Maryland State Police investigators later taped a conversation between Tyler and James Seng at the home on Blue Whale Court that Tyler shared with the couple, police said. In that conversation, Seng again allegedly said he wanted to kill his wife and her friend.
Terri Seng said Tuesday she did not want to comment on the case.