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Ralph Waccary

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A sworn complaint has been filed against Ralph Jack Waccary, 63, an inmate in the Alachua County Jail, charging him with hiring a former jail inmate to kill an Alachua woman.

Waccary has been in the jail since December 23, 2021, charged with stalking, fraud, and extortion after allegedly filing a civil lien against a woman’s property, then telling her he would remove the lien if she had sexual intercourse with him. A judge had previously issued an injunction prohibiting Waccary from having contact with the woman because he had allegedly threatened to “bury” her after she called the police about a domestic disturbance, so Waccary was also charged with violating the injunction and stalking.

Michael Woulard was arrested on November 10, 2022, for a number of drug charges and for failing to register as a sexual predator. Six months later, he posted $475,000 bail.

After Woulard was released, a woman went to the Alachua Police Department (APD) to report that an unknown man had knocked on the door of her father’s house. Her father did not answer the door, but after the unknown man left, he opened the door and found a note with the name “Mike” and a phone number. Her father called the number, and the man, later identified as Woulard, reportedly told him that Waccary had given him the address and a description of his daughter’s vehicle and that Waccary had hired him to murder his daughter. Woulard also reportedly said that he didn’t know whether other former inmates had been asked to kill the woman, but he was sure Waccary had approached others with the same request.

An APD officer met with Woulard, who reportedly said that he had previously worked for Waccary at North Florida Regional Hospital and that he had assisted Waccary with what he called an organized system of theft from the hospital. Woulard said Waccary had arranged to bail him out of jail through a third party, and Woulard was released on May 30.

Woulard reportedly said Waccary believed that his case would be dropped if the woman was killed. Woulard said Waccary advised him to make it look like a robbery and then drive her car out of state. Waccary allegedly agreed to pay Woulard another $25,000 after the woman was dead and the case was dropped.

APD filed a sworn complaint against Waccary on September 12, charging him with criminal solicitation to commit a felony and attempted first-degree murder. Waccary has not yet had a First Appearance to set bail on the charges.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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