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Houston veterinarian commits suicide after trying to hire hitman to kill ex-husband

March 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Houston veterinarian commits suicide after trying to hire hitman to kill ex-husband

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Houston vet accused in murder-for-hire plot commits suicide

A well-liked Houston veterinarian, who was charged with trying to pay someone to kill her ex-husband, has killed herself.

Houston authorities indicated that on Monday, Valerie McDaniel jumped out of her River Oaks high-rise apartment.

Her body was found in the building’s courtyard by someone who worked there, KPRC 2 Houston reported.

McDaniel lived on the seventh floor with her boyfriend Leon Jacob, who was also charged in their folded murder-for-hire scheme. Jacob was attempting to hire a hitman to kill his ex-girlfriend after she filed a complaint that he stalked her and had hit her in the face.

Valerie McDaniel and her boyfriend Leon Jacob were arrested and charged for trying to hire a hitman to kill their exes. (ABC)

The 48-year-old Houston veterinarian was released on bond and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. Jacob, 39, remains in custody without bond and will be in court on Wednesday.

The couple was taken into custody in early March after outlining their plans to kill their exes to an undercover officer who was acting as a hitman.

ABC 13 reported that the fake hitman met the couple at an Olive Garden where they offered to give the prospective killer $20,000.

Jacob wanted the hitman to abduct his ex-girlfriend, threaten her, and then murder her if she was uncooperative.

McDaniel was shown the ‘lifeless’ body of her ex-husband Marion McDaniel (pictured) whom, she was told, had been shot in a carjacking

McDaniel, who was engaged in a custody battle with her ex-husband Marion ‘Mack’ McDaniel, over their 8-year-old daughter, sought to have him shot and asked the would be killer to make it seem like a carjacking gone awry.

Investigators called the couple’s former partners and arranged for them to pose for pictures that looked like the crimes McDaniel and Jacob had desired.

The fake hitman then showed the photos to the couple to get more information.

Both suspects were charged with soliciting capital murder.

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