JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - As Staff Sergeant John Wayne Mackay entered the room for a jailhouse interview with WAVY.com Tuesday, he had the appearance of a defeated man.
On Saturday, James City County police were called to Mackay's home in the 100 block of Teal Way after his wife's body was discovered by a neighbor.
Court paperwork confirmed the neighbor went to check on Dana Mackay after receiving a concerned call from the victim's mother. The neighbor entered the home through the unlocked garage and found Dana's nude body laying on her bedroom floor.
On Monday, John Mackay voluntarily went to speak with investigators about his wife's death. He initially denied any involvement, but later admitted he and coworker Nicole Houchin had fantasized about his wife's death, according to the criminal complaint.
The court document also states Mackay and Houchin, who both work at Fort Eustis, had been having an affair.
Investigators recovered several emails between Mackay and Houchin dated July 24 outlining a plan to make the "fantasy" a reality.
John Mackay: "Will her be gone before I get back?" "I'll be forever in debt to you and will show you every day."
Nicole Houchin: "Trying to make it happen asap"
Mackay and Houchin were arrested Monday evening and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and first degree murder.
WAVY News 10's Art Kohn interviewed John Mackay in jail Tuesday. While Mackay told Kohn he is ready to accept whatever punishment awaits him, he claims the plans he made with his mistress about killing his wife were never meant to be real.
Police reports, however, describe a very real, very violent murder.When Mackay's wife's body was found, she had multiple stab wounds on her face and the bedroom door had been kicked in.
"It was supposed to be just a fantasy thing," said Mackay to Kohn. "That's all we ever did. Emails and stuff -- fantasy. Everything that we ever did was fantasy, fun, craziness. Never, it never should have went this far. It wasn't till I couldn't get my wife on the phone when I realized that something was wrong, that it might actually be real."
But Mackay admitted to police that he sent his mistress an email asking if she had killed his wife yet. He confessed to investigators that he called Houchin the day of the murder and she stated "it's done."
"I don't remember," Mackay said to WAVY.com when questioned about the emails. "Emails, I mean you can send a text or an email and in seconds forget about it. I couldn't tell you 90 percent of anything I ever said to anybody."
WAVY.com asked Mackay if he left the rear garage door open for Houchin to gain entry to the house.
"I told her the door was open on occasion, yes," Mackay said.
WAVY.com questioned Mackay further on his so-called fantasy – if that's all it was, why did he relate a detail such as a door that would be unlocked for entry? After a long pause, Mackay answered.
"I don't know. Just, I don't know. I have no clue," he said.
Mackay also answered WAVY.com's question as to whether the killing – in his fantasy -- was supposed to be carried out at the level of violence that it was done.
"No, Nothing like that," he said.
Both Mackay and his mistress were not granted bond. Houchin declined WAVY.com's request for an interview.
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