Houston councilman fears for safety after calling police in murder-for-hire case

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The Houston City Council member who – as a bail bondsman – found himself in the middle of an alleged murder-for-hire plot involving a prominent Montrose veterinarian and her boyfriend said Wednesday that he fears for his family’s safety.

Michael Kubosh, who operates a well-known bail bond business, said he called police about a possible scheme that that turned out to be the alleged plot involving 39-year-old Leon Phillip Jacob and vet Valerie Busick McDaniel.

Both were arrested last month on charges of solicitation of capital murder. McDaniel killed herself a week after the arrest. Jacob remains in the Harris County jail without bail.

Kubosh, who supplied the bail bond for a previous stalking charge for Jacob, told police in February that he was troubled by things Jacob said about the case.

On Wednesday, Kubosh and his brother—who is the family attorney—held a press conference at their downtown offices about the incident because his name was revealed in a hearing last week.

“We’re very upset, as a family, that Mike was exposed,” said Paul Kubosh. “We have seen the DA’s office and the police take better care of drug dealers who are confidential informants. They keep their identities secret and there was no attempt to keep Michael Kubosh’s identity secret at all.”

Michael Kubosh, a 66-year-old grandfather who employs several family members at the business, said his family members, including his adult daughter and son, are worried about what could happen.

“My daughter is here, she’s very concerned not only about my safety, but about the safety of my family,” he said.

Kubosh, who has been a councilman since 2013, became alarmed and contacted Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo directly.

Kubosh said Jacob hired him to write a bond after he was arrested for stalking. Kubosh said Jacob met with him and demanded the phone number for another client named Zack.

“He said, ‘You know who Zack is. I want his number. I’ve already paid him to take care of this matter. I want this girl out of the picture. I don’t want her to testify against me,” Kubosh said of his “troubling” meeting with Leon.

“I’ve been in business over 20 years,” Kubosh said. “I knew this was serious by the way he talked to me and the way he acted.”

An hour later, Kubosh had called police and told them of the incident. He did not know who Zack was but after police investigated, Kubosh found out he had written a bond for Zack under his real name. That man has not been charged.

Police convinced him to introduce Jacob to an undercover police officer posing as a hitman.

After staging crime scene photos to make it look like Jacob’s ex-girlfriend and McDaniel’s ex-husband had been killed, Jacob and McDaniel paid the undercover officer $20,000 and two Cartier watches. After they paid the supposed hitman, they were arrested.

If convicted, Jacob faces the possibility of life in prison.

brian.rogers@chron.com

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