A Houston couple remains in
custody for allegedly hiring an undercover Houston Police officer posing as a
hitman to target their former partners.
Valerie McDaniel and Leon Philip
Jacob are to appear Monday in the 263rd District Court.
They are charged with
solicitation of capital murder for their alleged roles in the case, according
to documents filed by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
McDaniel, 48, a Houston
veterinarian, sought to have her ex-husband killed.
Jacob, 39, is accused of
seeking to have his ex-girlfriend kidnapped and later killed to prevent her
from testifying against him.
Jacob was previously charged
with stalking and assault against the woman in cases still pending.
Investigators with the Harris
County District Attorney’s Office Special Crimes Bureau first learned that
Jacob was seeking to have his ex-girlfriend killed.
Jacob had agreed to pay $10,000 to a man to orchestrate the attack.
The man later agreed to
cooperate with authorities. He and an undercover officer posing as a hitman met
with Jacob to discuss details of the plot.
During that meeting, McDaniel
arrived. She asked the undercover officer to kill her husband, and agreed to
pay him $10,000 as part of an installment payment toward that hit.
The plan was to shoot him in
what would look like a carjacking gone bad.
Following the meeting, both
would-be victims were notified of the plots against them. They agreed to
cooperate with authorities and helped them stage murder and kidnap scenes that
were photographed as proof the attacks had been carried out.
Jacob and McDaniel were
arrested March 10. They face five years to life if convicted.
County District Attorney’s Office