Investigators allege that Karla Porter, 47, feigned the alarm call to her husband by using her cell phone, and after William left the house, she alerted her fellow defendants to move to their location near the gas station. Police say that with the help of her nephew, Seamus Coyle, she was referred to Walter Bishop, who actually shot and killed William Porter, and earned $9,000 to do so.
The police say Karla's brother, Calvin Mower, also assisted her, along with a friend, Matthew Brown, while her sister, Susan Datta, provided her with the gun.
According to the police report, "Karla Porter acknowledged hiring someone to beat up her husband. She said she recently met with the defendant, Seamus Coyle. During their meeting she told Coyle about the problems she was having with her husband William. Coyle told her that he had someone to take care of the problem."
According to police, Karla Porter has maintained she only wanted her husband beaten up. Police disagree.
"The information gathered during this investigation revealed that Karla Porter wanted her husband, William Porter, murdered," the report says.
Those who knew the Porters said they were surprised and shocked that Karla was capable of such a thing. Betty Bailey, a longtime friend and neighbor, told ABC affiliate WMAR-TV, "She was real friendly, very gracious as a person. She was very giving, very giving person."
According to McCullough, all defendants are currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center. The defendants appeared via live video-feed Monday for a bail review hearing. They were all denied bail and have requested to speak with attorneys. Karl Porter already had an attorney, Frank Pommett who was in court Monday and spoke outside to reporters. According to reports Pommett said he had known Karla Porter for a "couple of years" and that she was is a "very generous person."
William and Karla Porter had five children and one grandchild.