Erik Charles Maund allegedly hired a hitman to kill his ex-girlfriend Holly Williams and her partner, William Lanway, after Lanway attempted to blackmail him.
At first glance, the review appears to be relatively harmless. “Speartip is very professional and on top of it,” wrote Erik Maund on Speartip Security Services’ Google page. “They get the job done in an expedited time. Couldn’t imagine using anyone else!!”
However, Maund was arrested shortly after writing that review. According to police, the owner of Speartip Security Services assisted in the planning of a double murder at Maund’s request.
Maund allegedly enlisted the help of Speartip Security Services owner Gilad Peled, as well as two other men, Bryon Brockway and Adam Carey, to murder his ex-girlfriend Holly Williams and her partner, William Lanway.
Maund, who is married and lives in Austin, Texas, had planned to meet Williams in Nashville in February 2020. Lanway found out about the meeting and threatened to tell his wife about Maund’s relationship with Williams unless he paid him to keep quiet.
That’s when Maund contacted Speartip Security Services, which specialises in “responding to extortion demands,” according to the Department of Justice.
Peled, who “pretended to be a former member of the Israeli Defense Forces,” collaborated with Brockway and Carey, both former US Marines, to complete the mission.
Prosecutors claim they did so on March 12, 2020. Brockway and Carey went to William’s Nashville apartment after Maund transferred $150,000 into a bank account controlled by Peled. According to authorities, they shot and killed Lanway and kidnapped Williams there.
They allegedly took her to a construction site near Old Hickory Boulevard in Nashville and shot her several times, killing her as well.
Maund poured more money into Peled’s account over the next few weeks, eventually paying him $750,000. He may have washed his hands of the murders at that point. Maund and the others, on the other hand, had left a trail of money and messages that led investigators to their door.
Maund had texted Williams several times in February 2020 to set up their meeting.
“Good morning, beautiful!” Maund wrote on February 5th, shortly after arriving in Nashville. “I’m excited for later today.” I’m currently in Nashville. Like last time, I’ll meet you in the bar. When you arrive, please text me.”
Lanway, who had a tense, abusive relationship with Williams, then approached Maund and began to threaten him. Lanway threatened to expose everything to Maund’s family if he didn’t pay up by March 1.
Maund, Peled, Brockway, and Carey then exchanged information and money until and after the murders of Williams and Lanway.
The most significant development in the case occurred on December 7, 2021, when Maund left a review for Speartip Security Services. He gave the company five stars because of its “professionalism, quality, responsiveness, and value.”
“Thank you for your kind words,” Speartip Security Services responded. “Always a pleasure working with you.”
Brockway had also written a review for the company. “Speartip Security Group was very professional in the service they provided us,” he wrote eight months earlier. It was simple to do business with them, and the security they provided was excellent.
“I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for VIP driving or protection.” They were quick to respond to all of my concerns and met all of my needs.”
Peled, Maund, Brockway, and Carey were arrested shortly after. The four men were charged with kidnapping conspiracy, kidnapping resulting in death, and carrying, brandishing, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a violent crime.
Peled, Maund, Brockway, and Carey could face life in prison if convicted. But for the time being, no one is speaking. Peled, Brockway, and Carey have yet to issue a public statement. Maund’s lawyer simply stated:
“On the subject, we only spoke briefly with Mr. Maund. We’ll learn more in the coming days and weeks. “The Maund family adores and supports their son.”
Erik Maund’s review is still visible on Speartip Security Services’ public Google page.