Austin-Mann pleads guilty to three counts of murder for hire

Gilad Peled was charged along with Erik Charles Maund and two others in connection with a plot to murder and kidnap a couple in Tennessee.

Austin, Texas – Editor’s Note: The video above was published in July.

One of the suspects in a hit-and-run job allegedly planned by an Austin businessman has pleaded guilty to three counts.

Court documents show that on Wednesday, December 14, Gilad Peled pleaded guilty to charges of murder at Rent, conspiracy to cause kidnapping resulting in death and kidnapping resulting in death.

Peled was charged in December 2021 – along with Austin businessman Erik Charles Maund, Byron Brockway and Adam Carey – in connection with the March 2020 kidnapping and murder of Holly Williams and William Lanway in Nashville, Tennessee.

According to an indictment available to KVUE in December 2021, Maund frequently traveled to Nashville to visit a relative. In February 2020, he began texting prior to a visit, Williams, with whom he was previously in a relationship.

The indictment said Williams’ estranged boyfriend Lanway found out and began demanding money from Maund. Lanway reportedly threatened to expose Maund’s relationship with Williams if Maund didn’t pay him.

Williams and Lanway were found dead in a car in Nashville on the morning of March 12, 2020.

Court documents showed the couple were abducted and shot dead before their bodies were left in a car near a construction site. according to a press release by the Nashville government, their bodies were discovered by a construction worker.

A federal investigation culminated in linking Maund to Peled, Brockway and Carey, who investigators allege committed the crimes.

According to the indictment, Peled, Brockway and Carey traveled to Nashville to kidnap, threaten and intimidate Williams and Lanway. The indictment states that Maund paid the three men more than $750,000 for the kidnapping and murder.

Peled, Brockway and Carey all have military and security backgrounds. The indictment lists Peled as a former member of the Israel Defense Forces and the owner of Speartip Security, an Austin-based security services company.

In July 2022, KVUE reported that Maund faces additional charges for allegedly attempting to arrange the murder of one of his co-defendants behind bars following his arrest in December.

Peled faces life imprisonment and will be sentenced in April.

Maund, Brockway and Carey are still pending trial.

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Laura Coffey

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