Attempted murder suspect, Valerie Busick McDaniel of Houston,Tex, took her own life on Monday
She jumped from her seventh-floor condo at an upscale development in River Oaks, Houston
Police found the body near the pool after a building employee called authorities, there were no witnesses
The prominent Houston veterinarian was accused of hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband
She’d been released from jail on $50,000 bail
McDaniel and her 39-year-old boyfriend Leon Phillip Jacob, at the time of their arrest, had allegedly hired a hitman to kill both their ex-partners
Only problem was the ‘hitman’ was an undercover cop
McDaniel’s alleged target is her ex-husband Mack McDaniel, with whom she has an eight-year-old daughter
She was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, where she was expected to clarify the motives for taking a hit out on her both could have faced up to life in prison if convicted
Both could have faced up to life in prison if convicted
Valerie Busick McDaniel, a Houston, Texas veterinarian, killed herself Monday morning by jumping from the seventh floor of her condominium complex
Valerie Busick McDaniel, a Houston veterinarian, killed herself by jumping from her seventh-floor condominium on Monday. She and her boyfriend, Leon Phillip Jacob, had allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband and Jacob’s ex-girlfriend. If convicted, both would have faced up to life in prison.
A prominent Texas veterinarian accused of hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband killed herself on Monday morning by jumping from her condominium.
Valerie Busick McDaniel was arrested in early March after being caught in an elaborate police sting paying an undercover officer posing as a hitman, $20,000 and two Cartier watches.
Houston couple, Valerie McDaniel and Leon Jacob, ‘paid undercover cop posing as a hit man $20,000 to murder their ex-spouses’
McDaniel, 48, and her boyfriend, Leon Jacob allegedly conspired together to have both their ex-partners murdered and were both arrested after the undercover officer duped them both.
She had been released from jail on $50,000 bail.
On March 27, she jumped from her seventh-floor condo at an upscale development in River Oaks, Houston where she was living with her parents.
Police found the body near its pool after a building employee called authorities. There were no witnesses.
McDaniel was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday where it was hoped her motives for taking a hit out on her ex would have become clearer.
McDaniel was released on $50,000 bail while Jacob who was accused of hiring the hitman to kill his ex-girlfriend was denied bail. He had previously been charged with stalking and assaulting his ex-girlfriend
After McDaniel and Jacob contacted the officer who was posing as a hitman, police went to elaborate lengths to arrest them. Indeed, they staged the high realistic murders with the help of the intended victims to bait McDaniel and Jacob.
Both intended victims posed for mock crime-scene photographs pretending to be dead and they were delivered to the suspects as proof of their murders by the undercover ‘decoy’ hitman.
Jacob’s ex-girlfriend pretended to have been kidnapped, gagged and murdered while McDaniel’s ex-husband posed as though he’d been shot in a carjacking.
Jacob allegedly wanted his former partner killed to stop her from testifying against him in court where he was already facing stalking charges filed by her before their break-up.
She said he assaulted her in January and continued to contact her until he was eventually arrested on February 6.
Before returning to court, he solicited an associate to help him find a hit man.
That associate is a confidential informant and told police who asked him to arrange a meeting.
They met in an Olive Garden restaurant by the side of the speedway to plot the killing, Harris County District’s Attorney’s office told DailyMail.com.
McDaniel attended it too to ask the man if he would also kill her ex-husband. Her reasons were not clear.
High rise condominium complex where McDaniel took her fatal jump. Her body was found between the building and the pool
It is not clear why McDaniel [left], and had put a hit out on her ex-husband
His attorney said at the time of his ex-wife’s arrest: ‘Mr. McDaniel’s focus is solely on the emotional well-being and physical safety of his [eight-year-old] daughter.’
His attorney added: ‘He does not intend to speak publicly about the events but he is thankful for the overwhelming support shown to him and his daughter.’
The two got divorced last year, and McDaniel met Jacob through her divorce attorney, Golda Jacob, who is his mother.
Prosecutor Nathan Moss said McDaniel did not have a criminal history but that Jacob was on bail. He had been charged with stalking and assaulting his ex-girlfriend
At the time of arrest, both could have faced up to life in prison if convicted.