A member of the United States Air Force planned to kill her estranged husband for a six-figure life insurance payout by poisoning his energy drinks and snacks — and tries to enlist the help of the man’s ex, who is actually arguing with the police, derailing the whole shot.
The surreal plot is stated in a January 5 opinion filed with the United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, which asserts a 10-year sentence awarded in 2020 to Katelyn Lucille Day, First Class Airline Officer, 29, for premeditated murder; conspiracy to commit premeditated murder; solicitation to commit murder; conspiracy to commit murder; and attempted illegal possession of fentanyl. In addition to a decade behind bars, Day, who was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in northwestern Louisiana, was demoted to the lowest rank available and miserably discharged.
Day’s intended target, identified in court records by the initials “TD,” was the then-spouse of 28-year-old Tyler Day, his family confirmed to The Daily Beast. With his ex-wife in prison, Tyler Day, who is not in the Air Force and cannot be contacted, has moved on and is “doing great,” his mother, who requested anonymity, said today. Wednesday.
“Tyler is doing a great job raising her own child,” she told The Daily Beast in a brief phone interview.
The doomed couple met in the spring of 2017 at “an outpatient program” in Shreveport, Louisiana, and were married in July, according to the filing, which is first reported by Mission & Purpose. Day joined the Air Force in April 2016 and worked as an aircraft mechanic and sheet metal technician, according to her LinkedIn profile. Before that, she worked as a waitress at Applebee’s, as a hostess Cracker Barrel and as an assembly line worker.
After they tightened the knot, Day added Tyler as a dependent and received a $100,000 life insurance policy for him through the military, the filing said. But their relationship quickly began to unravel.
“Do not know [Day], [Tyler] is also in an unlikely relationship with JM, with whom he is expecting a child,” the profile reads, noting that Day learned about her new husband’s extramarital affair two weeks later. when we know each other. Later that month, JM gave birth to the child Tyler fathered.
In December 2018, Day gave birth to Tyler’s second child. But any joy is limited by financial problems that both are facing. Air Force Daily Salary only running north $2,100 a monthand Tyler are working part-time at minimum wage. They tried unsuccessfully for marriage counseling, and in February 2019, Day told Tyler she wanted a separation.
That March, Tyler moved out. He was ordered by the court to pay child support, but was “inconsistent in doing so,” according to the filing. The following month, Day filed for divorce.
With a child under the age of 18, Louisiana law requires the couple to live apart for 365 days before a divorce can be granted. During this period, Day “continued to have financial problems due to a lack of consistent support from [Tyler] and because she was the sole advocate for their child,” the filing reads. “Also, Appellant is concerned that [Tyler] will take their child from her and she doesn’t want to [Tyler] to have custody of the children. ”
Seeking solace, Day connected on Facebook with JM, who was also having issues with Tyler about custody, child support, and visitation for the child they shared. Although things between Day and JM were “difficult” at first, the two soon “finished” [their] ” and started a four-person, Tyler-focused Facebook Messenger group called “Hot Mess Express,” the filing said.
“At one point in the conversation, [Day] declare, ‘if something happens to [Tyler] I can use that life insurance money,” the filing explains.
Day told the others that she cut Tyler against her will, but that he was still covered by her life insurance.
“That 100,000 would be really nice,” she wrote, according to the filing. “Pay the bills and get a car we need. Leave the rest for [our child] later… A lot of bills are [Tyler] up that I have difficulty. ”
In a later private Facebook chat between JM and Day, JM said that she “hated” Tyler.
“Me too,” Day replied.
“Like I really hate him,” replied JM. “I want to hit something lol.”
To this, Day suggested, “Let someone kill him… then we won’t have to deal anymore. I will give you half of his life insurance. ”
Eight months after separating from Tyler, Day explained to JM that she would not be eligible for insurance if Tyler died after the divorce became final. In mid-November, Day texted the Hot Mess Express team and asked, “We all know [sic] an undertaker? I’m not kidding. I’ll split the life insurance money to whoever gets stuck on it. “
Four days later, Day contacted her ex-boyfriend on Facebook Messenger and asked if he could help her with anything.
“This is some shady stuff so if you’re not about it, let me know before I tell you and you’ll judge me,” Day wrote.
The boyfriend, who was identified in court filings as “SP,” replied that it depends “on how shady.”
“Do you know a hit man or something,” Day wrote. “And yes, I’m serious.”
SP was skeptical, pointing out to Day that “this is Facebook and I doubt you’ll talk about it here. Moreover you have my number why don’t you text me. ”
Relying on an apparently novel, if completely inaccurate, legal theory, Day replied, “Because my writing can be subpoenaed and I can delete Facebook.”
Day and SP then move their conversation to Snapchat, where Day implies that she’s hoping SP can kill Tyler for her sake. When SP refused, Day approached an Air Force civilian employee identified in court records as “JJ,” saying she needed “her husband to go.”
“I’ll give you $50,000, half the insurance money, to kill him,” Day said.
“I won’t kill your husband,” JJ replied. “Get someone else to do it… No crime is perfect. Don’t you watch reality TV shows about crime? You will be arrested. “
However, Day continued, the states filed. While on duty a few days later, Day gave JJ a piece of paper with Tyler’s social security number, phone number and address, along with his work address and the times he went to and from work. Day then calls JJ and asks him to buy her some pet dewormer, which JJ is said to have suggested as a “possible method” of killing Tyler.
JJ refused. But Day kept trying.
“I was trying to find someone to do it or I would have to do it myself,” Day told JJ in a later exchange, referring to Tyler in the code as a “bush in front of the house that she want to remove”.
On November 30, 2019, Day texted JJ and said that she finally had a plan. Shocked, JJ tells Day that he will call the police.
“Oh,” Day texted back. “It was a real change of position. Then I won’t talk to you anymore.”
JJ immediately called the local sheriff’s office and told them what had happened, telling police that he believed Tyler’s life was “in danger”. Representatives then contacted Day and questioned her about the alleged plan to kill Tyler. She explains it away, saying that she and Tyler are going through a divorce with “custodial issues,” and emphasizes that she really wants JJ to help her clean up a bush in the yard. , not to assassinate Tyler.
Undeterred, Day quickly contacted someone she had known previously, identified only as “TL” in court records, and asked him to help her kill Tyler.
“My most recent thought was to put a bunch of muscle relaxants and pain relievers in his drink… Will it work?” Date asked.
“No clue,” TL said. “I mean, there are lots of ways to overload the system and lead to failure.”
TL told Day he can “teach you how the body works…anything further is up to you,” the filing said.
In the end, TL said he would agree to educate Day on how she could poison Tyler in exchange for a subordinate $100 a month.
“You’re not going to call the police for me, are you?” Date asked TL. “I just went [sic] phone with [someone] because of [they] want to snitch. “
The day, TL said, was “talking to the wrong person” [people] afterward.”
“Like if you are serious [about] this you need to go get a prepaid phone and i will get one too,” he told her.
But at this point, agents from the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) are tracking her. They interviewed Tyler’s ex, JM, who had agreed to become a secret informant in the hopes of a later date before she could act.
After JM asked Day how her plans were going, Day said she was considering concocting Tyler’s drink with muscle relaxants and pain relievers, according to the filing.
“If we put that in the drink before he drives… .. ??” Day wrote to JM in an online message.
JM agrees to help Day buy the drugs, drinks, and snacks needed to poison Tyler, and the two make plans to meet at a Walmart about 65 miles from Barksdale AFB.
“Aren’t you, like, going to turn this conversation and me over to the police?” Day asked JM, not knowing that JM worked for AFOSI agents. “It was the last thing I needed after the other person called the police on me.”
Day said she would wear gloves so “my fingerprints wouldn’t get on anything” and promised to give JM $10,000 to $20,000 in her projected insurance premium. Day told JM that she planned to buy a car with her money. On December 18, AFOSI agents gave JM a small bag containing a white powdery substance she allegedly told Day was fentanyl.
When the two bonded, JM gave Day the clear bag in exchange for $100.
“Don’t touch it,” said JM, who was secretly recording the conversation. “Don’t do anything. Put your gloves on,” before asking Day how she planned it.
“I was going to put it in there [drink] and it was like, ‘Let’s drink enough water,’ Day said, explaining that she planned to kill Tyler three days later, before flying out to visit family.
It would take about six months for the claim to be paid, said Day, who brought the fake fentanyl home and stored it in the freezer.
Armed with the audio recording, AFOSI agents received a search warrant and that night, raided Day’s home. In the freezer, they found bags of white powder that Day believed to be fentanyl, as well as a pair of rubber gloves.
Interrogated, Day told agents she “didn’t know how quickly ‘fentanyl’ would kill [Tyler], but she feels certain [Tyler] will die next Monday,” the filing said. “At the end of the interview, [Day] admitting her plan was to kill people [Tyler]. ”
Day remains in prison, her attorney, Major Matthew Blyth, told The Daily Beast.
“Unfortunately, I do not comment on pending cases, and the A1C Day appeal is not over yet,” Blyth said.
According to retired US Air Force Colonel Cedric Leighton.
“Typically, Air Force bases are some of the safest on earth,” Leighton told The Daily Beast.
Barksdale AFB has experiencing an unexplained increase in homicides over the last few years, this has generated a lot of concern among the higher ups. Leighton, a former squadron commander, said he had faced an intentional assassination attempt by an underling during his 26-year military career. But he had never seen anything like this.
“Such serious crimes rarely happen on US Air Force facilities – no matter where we are in the world,” Leighton said. “Air Force leadership must take a hard look at why these crimes are happening in Barksdale and eliminate as many factors as possible… As a leader in such a situation, you question the Ask about everything — including your leadership.”
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