Facebook Chat Led to Murder-for-Hire Contract, Witness Says

Patrick Sabo called police after he said Beachwood father, daughter tried to pay him to kill daughter's ex.

A Willowick man says he was offered $50,000 from life insurance money to kill the ex-husband of a Beachwood woman, and that she seemed pleased when shown a pictured doctored to make it look like the man was dead.

Patrick Sabo, 40, of Willowick, told a Willoughby judge that his high school friend Christine Metter, also 40, was angry at her ex, who lives near Atlanta, because she claimed that he physically abused her when they were married. When he "jokingly" suggested in a Facebook message that she "save some money and put a hit on him,”

Sabo, an ex-Army Ranger, said he thinks Metter and Metter's father, Al Zombory, offered him the job because they assumed he would know how to kill someone.

Testifying in a preliminary hearing, Sabo said he “played along” when Metter set up a dinner at the Captain's Club in Eastlake with her father, Zombory, 76, also of Beachwood, during which Zombory offered Sabo the money to kill Metter’s ex-husband. Afterward, he called Eastlake Police, who arranged for an undercover detective to seal the deal.

Metter and Zombory were arrested last Friday immediately after they paid the undercover detective for the fake murder, authorities said. They are charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a first-degree felony, and are both in Lake County Jail on $500,000 cash bonds.

Before the hearing, Sabo said the most surprising thing about the ordeal was Metter’s reaction to the doctored photo that the detective showed her to prove that her ex was dead. 

“She looked at it and said, ‘Good,’” said Sabo. “She didn’t show any feeling.”

Defense attorneys argued that evidence is lacking to suggest Metter knew about the money. During his testimony, the detective said that Zombory handed him the $100,000 life insurance policy that served as payment.

The detective also testified that when Metter asked whether he made it look like a mugging or an accident he said, "No, I shot him in the head like you asked me to.”

The judge ruled after the hearing that there is enough evidence to send Metter’s case to a grand jury, which will decide whether to continue with the charges. Zombory did not ask for a similar hearing.

Look for more updates on this story on Beachwood Patch.

LyMartin Chattman June 08, 2011 at 03:12 AM
WOW! What stupid evil idiots they are...........
Elizabeth McCorvey June 08, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Sad all around....no one deserves to be abused......but murder is not the answer.....the guy should have not even went there its clear the lady was not stable....now her father is involved....and the alledged abuser is off the hook....fortunately he did not get killed...but if he did abuse her throughout their marriage he is dead wrong too..real men don't beat women or visa versa....but so sad all around
Sandy Collins June 08, 2011 at 03:37 AM
McCorvey...how do you know he really abused her? She could just be lying.....could be a vindictive witch that is bitter cause he dumped her. I say stick her in jail and throw away the key!
Steve Thompson June 08, 2011 at 04:53 AM
Sounds like a bit of "entrapment" and "baiting" was used initially...
PJ June 08, 2011 at 04:56 AM
Sandy.... I agree with you 100% she probably is a vindictive witch who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. I know someone who is going around saying her husband is abusive, problem is people who are abused don't go around flaunting it. She's the one who is the abuser but turns it all around on him, too bad she has no proof.
lita June 08, 2011 at 06:52 AM
Sandy, you jumped the gun on your criticism of McCorvey. McCorvey said ALLEGED abuser, and used the phrase, "IF he did abuse her...." You're both on the same side.
Eli Padilla June 08, 2011 at 07:29 AM
Now you know that nothing good come from doing evil. We all want to pay back but we do not take action knowing that there is a God that will. I hope she repents and ask for forgivenes to her ex.
jimmisammi June 08, 2011 at 07:29 AM
Do these people not watch TV, bet they do, A LOT! What kind of idiots are they? Thank God they are. If they had 50K to pay a hit man, why not use that money to take care of the kids? I know sometimes it's cheaper to kill them than divorce them, but apparently they had the money.
mary francis June 08, 2011 at 07:50 AM
lol in the article it says ex-husband.
Judy June 08, 2011 at 08:39 AM
As we all know women commit 97% of all domestic violence in America. And yet there is not even one battered mans shelter for a man or a father to seek as a safehaven for himself and his child from their abusive wife or girlfriend. The extreme gender bias against men and fathers in our domestic courts must end. Women abuse the father and then seek to play victim 100% of the time in order to exploit the father and his child for both unearned income and manic control by playing the false victim. Every courthouse in America is used by these abusive women to gain a free ride gravy train by exploiting the gender bias that promotes her false victim status.
pat June 08, 2011 at 10:09 AM
I love how people are assuming she was abused because she said she was. She's attempted murder for profit, yet since she has a hoosywhatsit between her legs, most people still instantly believe that accusation. This is the power women have, wayyyy over males. Instant sympathy! And many use it against males for complete control. She and her father had life insurance on this guy. Look at this McCorvey person subtly trying to place blame on the husband, the informant, anybody but the actual criminals. in her mind the woman and her father are still the main victims...even though they were caught red handed...and the accusation of abuse is just that. I hope somebody accuses you of something horrible, and you watch as half the people believe it about you no matter what. I assure you if there was an history of spousal abuse we'd be reading about it in this story! Further this is no shy, demure, weak woman unable to call the police. She arranging hits people, use that 5 pounds of snot between your ears. Women justify bad behavior so easily these days.
HELLO SUSIE June 08, 2011 at 10:17 AM
Can anyone say "ENTRAPMENT"??????
Winston Archer June 08, 2011 at 10:49 AM
My take on this is This man Sabo was very wrong to even suggested the murder of her ex. This would be the same as a person who maybe deeply depressed and he suggesting to them to take their own life to end whatever they are going through,.. You dont know anyone stability to suggest murder as JOKE. Suggesting murder to any one is not a JOKE.This is serious. This woman maybe evry distraught and may not be very stable in her reasoning. This Sabo is as Guilty as the woman who paid him.
Go Dawgs June 08, 2011 at 11:05 AM
Can anyone say Dr. Carl M. Drury, Jr.? Same crime-- a decade ago in Brunswick, GA----and he's still sitting in Club Fed, for at least another 5 years or so. And sorry to burst your bubble Susie, this was NOT entrapment---not even close!
Lisa Shields June 08, 2011 at 11:37 AM
WHERE did you get that stat? According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, they have only 6.5 percent of their total population that are women. Almost 93 percent are MALE. http://www.bop.gov/news/quick.jsp Are we to assume that women act criminally inside of marriage and relationships...but somehow know how to toe the line in society? I would love some substantiation of your claim...with links to the sources. We do not "know" that women commit 97 percent of all the domestic violence in America." But I would love to know why you claim they do.
Megan Rozsa June 08, 2011 at 01:11 PM
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Spicy164 June 08, 2011 at 02:20 PM
She was physically abused I know personally however, the rage was so inbedded in her psyche she couldn't move on . She was engaged and her ex-husband remarried. Sometime people need to move on with their lives. Who would want their kids to endure the loss of their dad, and their mom in prison.
Steve June 08, 2011 at 02:28 PM
As someone that is familiar with the situation, I tend not to believe the abuse accusation. The oldest daughter went back to live with the father after the divorce. If abuse had been happening, she would never go back. Even if the abuse was only happening to the wife, the child would not go back to the abuser. She told her stories to whoever would listen. It got to the point of not wanting to talk to her because she could not let it go.
Steve June 08, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Shafik Ahmad - Dayton Ohio - Sentenced in March to 7 years.
No One Important June 08, 2011 at 04:01 PM
I feel so bad for all those involved. Where was the girlfriend to help her get drunk and realize the ex wasn't worth it? Where was the friend to help her make a Voo-Doo doll of the ex? Where was the friend to get a poster of the ex and throw darts at it? Where was the friend to talk a very unstable woman off the ledge? Oh, yeah, the friend was a man who suggested she hire a hit man...takes HIS suggestion further and then calls the police! Every one needs a friend, ONE who can help them through these hard times...NOT one who suggests something so ignorant and then when the very unstable friend goes for it, HE runs to the police. I hope, as an ex military man, he is ashamed for not helping his so called friend from jumping off the ledge. All he did was push her!
Loke Gandeza June 08, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Actually that isn't true. I went to live with my abusive father because of fear of making him mad if I didn't. I thought that if I did, he would leave my mom alone.
Steve June 08, 2011 at 08:18 PM
The "friends" have been listening and talking to her about it for YEARS and still she insisted on doing this. There is only so much friends can take or can do. There was no stopping her. Pat did what he had to to save a life. As one of Chrissy's friends, I'm glad he did. It could have been so much worse.
Pat Sabo June 09, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Thanks steve! You are right on so many things. Plus if you read any of the other articles I TRIED like hell to talk them both out of this knowing what would happen. Each time they said no and they wanted to proceed. As for the idiot above saying that I am just as guilty....well I will just consider the source. Someone who doesn't know all of the facts should ask first then form an opinion. I did what I had to do to be able to look at my face in the mirror every day! She came to me knowing I needed money and tried to use that against me. I got a 3 day notice to leave or get evicted and could have used the money. I would rather be homeless then to allow something like what she and her dad proposed. So think what you may of me....I didn't do it for any other reason then it was the RIGHT THING TO DO!!!
Marsden Bigby June 10, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Pat, you did the right thing. I'm fairly certain the people shouting "entrapment" do not have any legal education other than what they see on law and order. Entrapment means you get someone to something they would never have done if not for your influence. When someone goes around telling stories like that to anyone who can listen it's likely they are waiting to get exactly that response. When she did she jumped on it. Now this is just a guess, but I know that if I went to my parents and said hey my friend says he will kill my ex can you give me 50k they would have shut it down. It's likely it was a plan all along and they just needed to find the right person. If Pat hadn't done what he did, she would have kept up her search until she found someone who would perform the hit. Abuse is wrong, and if she lashed out and killed the dude in the midst of abuse I would be more inclined to defend her...but there was no justification for this after the fact. Again Pat, you did absolutely the right thing. I also don't feel any sympathy for the father. Dad if your daughter was being abused by this guy, you should have taken him on yourself or gotten a few of your boys together and whooped his ass.
kevin June 10, 2011 at 08:50 PM
There was no proof that the ex-husband ever abused the woman, that was merely what she said to rationalize having him murdered. They were divorced so he obviously was not abusing her at the time she tried to have him killed.
AngelEnemy Detrimental June 10, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Absolutely. first a suggestion jokingly, then turning them over to the police. Clearly the woman was unstable, a father wants nothing more than to comfort his daughter. murder is never the answer but this is bull.
Marsden Bigby June 10, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Bull? I mean...are you reading the same story I am. They thought the murder had been carried out and handed over payment? What do you think should happen seriously?
pat June 11, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Well Pat good luck. You did the right thing, but no matter how evil a womans actions are, there will always be those that refuse to believe a woman is capable of doing stuff like this without justification. And that's the power women have always had over men. History is littered with warning stories! A guy could go out and kill a thousand men a day, no man was his equal. Who got him killed? A woman! Entire nations fought over...a single woman! Eva Braun, Lizzy Borden, Evita Peron. Their male counterparts? Evil, insidious men. Them? Misunderstood, probably abused, unbalanced. This has been an uneven field since the dawn of time.
Lisa Shields June 11, 2011 at 06:49 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/09/facebook-angela-voelkert-murder_n_873907.html And this I am guessing wasn't evil too?


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