Police announced today they arrested six suspects with said varying degrees of separation for the murder of Hess Gas Station Owner William Ray Porter.
According to charging documents, it was Porter's wife Karla who asked her nephew for a hit man, her sister for the gun and then her brother to transport the two trigger men; all at a bounty of nine thousand dollars.
"I've known Karla porter for a couple of years now and I believe she tried to help people, she has always in the past attempted to help anybody that needed help," said Porter’s attorney Frank Pommett.
Karla Porter was one of the six to have her bail review today. Citing marital problems and abuse, Karla's defense is she just meant for her husband to be beaten...not killed.
Karla along with the five others was denied bail, her nephew, Seamus Coyle's attorney unsuccessfully argued for his release.
"He's not alleged to have been anywhere near or anyway involved in what happened on that evening to Mr. Porter," said Coyle’s Attorney Roger Harris.
Meanwhile the Hess gas station on Joppa Road remains closed. The bags are still on the pumps and the regular customers posted a memoriam to Ray Porter on the window of the gas station, but allegedly this murder ring is so large, it is reflecting pain on other families as well.
Ex-girlfriend of accused hit man Walter Bishop is now left to raise the couple's two young children.
"I don't know what to say. I am truly hurt. All I am worried about is my kids. That is what I am mainly hurt about the most. I don't know what to say," said Allison Berk.
While words were not coming for some, they are all others have on a home made sign hung on the station's window.
"I've been coming up here for years, about 15 years. No I was shocked, I was shocked when I heard the news," said loyal Hess customer Bob Reed who signed the sign.
That news is now ripping through one family, while tearing apart countless others.
Baltimore County Police also credit their new closed circuit TV camera system for helping them crack the case. While the cameras at the gas station on Joppa Road did not work, detectives were able to track and create a timeline of the suspects by using other cameras up and down Joppa Road.
Towson, MD - While flowers set on the front porch of the Porter’s home in White Marsh, neighbors are thinking about what went on behind closed doors.
"It's one of those things where you hear about it, but you could never believe that it happens right across the street from you," said Carl Smitley, Porter’s neighbor.
It was shocking enough for friends of Raymond Porter to learn he was shot and killed at the gas station he owned. Now, they're trying to wrap their minds around the latest from police.
Karla Porter, the victim's wife, is charged with first degree murder. Her brother, her sister, a nephew, and two friends were also arrested and charged.
Longtime friend Betty Bailey says it appeared Porter was taken into custody at the funeral yesterday.
"I knew something was going on. When I walked up the police officers were there and her sister was crying and it was just terrible. I knew something was wrong, and then I heard it later," said Bailey.
It's double the shock and double the sadness. Baltimore County Police have given few details about the arrests. Friends say the Porters were well-to-do, but there's no word on money being a motive.
"The most I could figure out is maybe she wanted more money because he had talked about retiring soon and moving to Florida," said Smitley.
But even that scenario doesn't match the person Bailey lived next to for 25 years.
Bailey made food for Karla Porter, but she was taken to jail before Bailey had a chance to deliver it.
"She was real friendly, very gracious as a person. She was very giving, very giving person," said Bailey.
"They always seemed to get along. He just recently had two hot rods done and they used to go out all the time in them," said Smitley.
Baltimore County Police will hold a news conference Monday morning to share more details about the investigation.
Baltimore County Police have arrested four suspects in connection with the murder of William Raymond Porter III, owner of a Hess Gas Station in Towson.
The suspects' identities have not officially been released, but according to court records, Karla Louise Porter, 47, was arrested and is being charged with first degree murder.
The victim, William Raymond Porter III, was shot inside of the Hess Gas Station he owned on Monday morning.
Porter and his wife owned the Hess Gas Station for 15 years. The Hess Corporation has contributed reward money for information regarding the crime.
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