05/31/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

John F. Johnson Denies Arranging Hit On His Wife From Jail, Despite Phone Call

A suburban man accused of trying to arrange his ex-wife's murder from the DuPage County Jail said today he never intended to harm her.

Instead, 42-year-old John F. Johnson dismissed his discussions on a jail pay phone with a purported hitman about shooting his former wife as "mere talk."

In a tape recording played last year at his bond hearing, Johnson is heard telling a purported hitman how he wants former wife Tracy Hampton killed.

"Two slugs to the head, that's it. Real quick," Johnson said in the July 1, 2009 phone call. "I just want that b---- dead. That's all I want."

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