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Murder of Joe and Olga Connell: A Time To Kill investigates how Christoper Rivers arranged their deaths

Mugshot of Christopher Rivers
Christopher Rivers was found guilty of plotting to murder his business partner Joe Connell and his wife, Olga Connell. Pic credit: Dept. of Correction- Delaware

This week on ID’s A Time To Kill, the team heads to Wilmington, Delaware, to investigate a horrendous double homicide of newlyweds Joe and Olga Connell, who were gunned down outside their home on September 22, 2013.

In 2016, a jury decided that Joe Connell’s former business partner, Christopher Rivers, was guilty of masterminding the murder-for-hire plot that killed the couple.

Connell and Rivers were business partners who ran a seemingly thriving auto-repair shop in Talleyville, DE. However, their relationship had become beset with problems, and Rivers wanted out of the partnership.

Rivers was angered by what he saw as Connell’s lazy work ethic and lavish lifestyle. He complained about Connell showering his wife with expensive gifts and wining and dining in fancy restaurants in Philadelphia.

Prosecutors would later argue that Rivers was suffering from drug addiction and that he wanted to collect on a $1 million insurance policy that had been put on the business.

Rivers approached his drug dealer, Joshua Bey, asking him to put a hit out on the couple. Bey, a felon and former FBI informant, then hired two men, Aaron Thompson and Dominique Benson, to carry out the murders.

The Connells were gunned down outside their condominium

Joseph and Olga Connell were gunned down in front of their Paladin Club condominium as they returned home from a night out celebrating Olga’s birthday on the Wilmington Riverfront.

However, the whole plan fell apart for Rivers when Bey admitted to cops that he was the middleman and agreed to testify against the other participants in the scheme.

Rivers was given a life sentence for plotting the murder. Meanwhile, Benson was convicted of first-degree conspiracy and sentenced to five years, and Thompson was convicted of two counts first-degree murder, two counts possession of a firearm, and he was sentenced to two life terms plus 45 years.

Bey pleaded guilty to first-degree conspiracy and a probation violation and was sentenced to five years.

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A Time To Kill airs Thursdays at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.


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