Husband Arrested in Murder for Hire Plot

Couple married for 29 years

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    The husband of a Carrollton woman who was shot in the head last week has been arrested for criminal solicitation. Teresa Rodgers, a neighbor, said the couple kept to themselves. (Published Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012)

    The husband of a Carrollton woman who was shot in the head last week has been arrested for criminal solicitation.

    Nancy Howard, according to a post by one of her children on CaringBridge.org, was shot in the head Aug. 18 after a man followed her into her garage.

    In the post, Howard's child wrote the bullet traveled through Nancy's throat and became lodged above her right lung. She was able to call 911 and was hospitalized.  She lost her left eye, but is expected to make a full recovery, Carrollton police said.

    On Sunday, the victim's husband, John Franklin Howard, was arrested on a charge of criminal solicitation, a first-degree felony, after police said he hired a hit man to kill his wife. (See the arrest affidavit here.)

    "During the investigation of the incident, information was developed that revealed John Howard had engaged in the solicitation of others to murder Nancy Howard in exchange for monetary payment," Carrollton police said.

    Howard is being held in the Denton County Jail on $1,000,000 bond with the conditions that he surrender his passport, does not leave the United States and has no contact with his wife.

    According to a post on Nancy's Facebook page, Nancy and Frank Howard have been married for 29 years and have three children.

    Neighbors told NBC 5 that they feel horrible for the family, but are relieved to know it was not a random crime.

    No other arrests have been made. At this time Carrollton police are not releasing any further information at the risk of compromising their ongoing investigation. They hope to release more information later this week.

    NBC 5's Lindsay Wilcox and Shane Allen contributed to this report.