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Raleigh man accused of conspiring to kill ex-wife

Posted November 4, 2010
Updated November 9, 2010

—  A Raleigh man was arrested Tuesday on charges that he conspired to kill his ex-wife.

Tyler Wayne Callihan, 43, of 5801 Lease Lane, faces one count of felony conspiracy and one count of solicitation to commit a felony.

He was in the Wake County jail under a $2 million bond Thursday.

Arrest warrants accuse Callihan of seeking out Dahshon Wayne Crudup, 20, to kill Sandra Callihan.

Crudup, 20, of 3609 Castlegate in Raleigh, was indicted on first-degree murder in May in the death of Reginald Dunn and has been in police custody ever since, according to court records.

Dunn was found shot to death on a Raleigh street in May. Crudup is one of five men charged in the case.

Documents filed last month in civil court indicate that Callihan and his wife divorced in 2006. They have two children.

Wake County Sheriff’s Office investigators have declined to comment on the case.


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  • cindylouhoo2 Nov 10, 2010

    Ok.........folks, I think we have lost a little perspective here. What we are talking about is a person losing her life! She is a MOTHER, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a neighbor, an employee, and much more. So many of you have commented on the child support, etc. What you fail to realize is that no amount of money is worth the life of even one person!

    In this particular case we are speaking of a male person who is willing to pay some criminal element to do away the the mother of HIS children, all the while NOT sending so much as a $1 to help care for his children! And what of the children? What if they were home when this was supposed to happen? Were they to be the ones to find her? What a legacy to leave his children? And what was to become of them with her gone and him a guest of the D.O.C.?

    People, PLEASE get real! I ask you all to please search your heart and send your prayers up for this family.

  • Mugu Nov 8, 2010

    If Child Support was fair, why do we have people out there paying $20k/month in support for an unwanted child resulting from a one night stand?

    It does not cost $20,000 a month to raise a child but some people with high incomes are forced to pony up crazy amounts.

    Then we have people like Brind'Amour who is paying $15k/month to his no good wife... why is he being forced to pay so much, this is child support not BMW, pedicure and hand bag support for his ex-wife.

  • Alexia.1 Nov 5, 2010

    liccyann, it's possible that you got so little because your income is much higher than the ex's. The law does not look at the amount of money given, but the percentage of income that both parents earn.

    Further, it considers how much money the two parents earn. The more you earn, the more you pay. But, the cost of raising a child does not increase in line with one's income.

    Consider a case where a family earns a combined $100K. The amount of money the government thinks is necessary for 2 kids is over $1400, I think. $1400!! No way do my two kids cost me that much. If they were not here with me, I'd still have my house, car, utilities, etc. payments. The only child-specific expenses are health insurance ($100/mo for me), clothes (averages $100/mo), food (for kids, say $400), etc. I'd guess the cost might be $600, but let's say $800. What is the other $600 the government says is needed? It's not.

    If you earn less, the government thinks kids are cheaper. Why is that? It's flawed.

  • liccyann Nov 5, 2010

    you lucky i get 50 a month

  • rescuefan Nov 5, 2010

    Child support doesn't pay for ALL those things. It helps pay a small portion of those things. I challenge anyone to make do raising two children on $150 a month. It will not happen. They eat more than $150 worth of groceries in a month. Add in all of the other things that are necessities, not luxuries, but necessities and it costs a ton more than that.

    I got $260 a month child support (the months that he bothered to pay) to help raise my son. When he was sick, his medical bills alone exceeded that $260, even with insurance. Add in the missed work because I had to take him to the doctor or while he was in the hospital and that $260 was a drop in the bucket.

  • Alexia.1 Nov 5, 2010

    rescuefan, child support should not pay for ALL of those things. If you had no children, you'd still have many of those expenses.

    I know at least two people who earn less than $40K/yr who have to pay at least 1/3 of their take-home pay in child support. I did the math: I'm not sure how they feed themselves afterward.

    I understand there are some (like kewlmom) who get only $150. I think most could swing $150. But, the system allows the ex to take too much money (into the thousands of dollars) from the absent parent, and that's what I think is grossly wrong.

  • kewlmom Nov 5, 2010

    All this talk of bleeding non-custodials dry is actually quite funny. I get $150/mo for my two sons. That's all. That $150 covers one week of groceries for two teen boys. I know he makes more, but I'm not taking him back. It's not worth the hassle.

  • ncguy Nov 5, 2010

    It's cheaper to keep her....

  • Mommyoftwo Nov 5, 2010

    Also, the name is spelt Callihan for both Sandra and Tyler. It was a typo.
    Tyler also tried to do this same thing back in 2006. He even paid someone $15k to have it done but no idea why it didn't go through. What is really sad is that the two kids will now have to grow up without a Father because the one they have will be behind bars.
    I wish he could get the death penalty for all the pain and confusion he has caused his children over the last 4 years.

  • rescuefan Nov 5, 2010

    " But, the government requires the absent parent to pony up 20% of his/her net (post-tax) income for support. That money pays the house payment of the parent who has the benefit of all of his/her salary + the joy of having the kids. Fair? It's excessive.


    You are not looking at the whole picture. That money may help pay the mortgage, the electricity, the water along with the medical bills, the prescription bills, the daycare bills, the food bills, the clothing bills, etc. Note that it HELPS pay all of those things, but it doesn't allow the custodial parent to live high on the hog from that measly 20% that the non custodial parent is paying. Far from it.