Suspect in Cleveland firefighter's death pleads guilty - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Suspect in Cleveland firefighter's death pleads guilty

Ryan Dorty pleads guilty to the murder of Lt. William Walker. (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office) Ryan Dorty pleads guilty to the murder of Lt. William Walker. (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

One of the four adults charged in the murder of Cleveland Firefighter William Walker in November 2013 plead guilty to aggravated murder Wednesday.

Ryan Dorty was the hired gunman.

Walker, 45, was shot to death in the driveway of Lampson Road on Cleveland’s east side as he arrived home on the evening of Nov. 3, 2013.

Dorty is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence after being convicted in 2014 of an unrelated aggravated robbery in which he used a gun.

He'll be sentenced on the new charges August 10.

Walker's wife, Uloma Walker-Curry, Chad X. Padgett and Christopher N. Hein are also charged in the murder.

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Prosecutors say Walker-Curry had been committing financial fraud in Walker's name. 

Fearful that he would discover what she was up to and assuming that she could tap his life insurance to pay the debts, Walker-Curry asked Padgett to find a hitman to kill the lieutenant.

Padgett brought in his cousin Hein, who hired Dorty.

Their trial is scheduled to begin August 10.

A juvenile co-conspirator is facing delinquency charges in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

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