Houston couple accused of hiring hitman to kill ex-partners

HOUSTON (AP) – A Houston veterinarian and her boyfriend are accused of hiring an undercover police officer posing as a hitman to kill their former partners.

A judge Monday set bail for 48-year-old Valerie Busick McDaniel at $50,000. Bail was denied for 39-year-old Leon Philip Jacob.

Prosecutor Nathan Moss said McDaniel doesn’t have a criminal history, but Jacob was already on bail, charged with stalking and assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Prosecutors said the two, who were arrested Friday, are charged with solicitation of capital murder. Prosecutors say McDaniel wanted her ex-husband killed while Jacob sought to have his ex-girlfriend kidnapped and killed.

Both remained in jail Monday. Jail and court records didn’t list an attorney for Jacob. McDaniel’s attorney didn’t immediately return a message.

They face up to life in prison if convicted.

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