Houston councilman Kubosh alerted police to murder-for-hire plot

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Houston City Council member Michael Kubosh – in his role as a bail bondsman – alerted police to an alleged murder-for-hire plot involving a prominent Montrose veterinarian and her boyfriend scheming to kill their exes.

Kubosh, who supplied the bail bond for a stalking charge for Leon Phillip Jacob, told police in February that he was troubled by things Jacob said about the case, Houston Police Department Capt. Jimmy Turpin said in court Wednesday.

The explosive detail came out as state District Judge Jim Wallace heard evidence about whether Jacob should be released on bail in the murder-for-hire case.

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Kubosh said after the court hearing the case has been very stressful for him and has kept him up at night.

“I was afraid that someone was going to get hurt,” he said.

Jacob appeared in court in an orange jail uniform. He has been in the Harris County Jail without bail since being arrested earlier this month with his girlfriend on a charge of solicitation of capital murder. If convicted, he faces the possibility of life in prison.

His girlfriend, Montrose veterinarian Valerie Busick McDaniel, was released on $50,000 bail. She killed herself Monday by leaping from her seventh-floor condominium.

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In court Wednesday, the police captain testified that Jacob told Kubosh he had paid a man to find a hitman to get rid of his ex-girlfriend so she would not testify against him.

Police approached that man, the middleman, and convinced him to introduce an undercover officer posing as a hitman to Jacob and McDaniel. 

Jacob, 39, a washed-out surgical resident, has a history of stalking and domestic violence accusations in Texas and Illinois.

Jacob was charged earlier this year with stalking the former girlfriend whom he is accused of trying to kill. He was also charged with domestic violence after forcefully grabbing that woman’s face.

Busick, who owned an upscale Montrose veterinary clinic, did not have any criminal history.

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The couple was accused of meeting with the undercover officer at an Olive Garden restaurant, where they allegedly agreed to pay $20,000 and two Cartier watches after the deeds were done.

The undercover officer alerted the intended victims, Busick’s ex-husband and Jacob’s ex-girlfriend, of the scheme. They worked with officers to stage fake crime scene photos to seal the deal, prosecutors said.

After seeing the photos, Jacob and Busick paid the officer and were arrested March 10.

Lawyers for Jacob are expected to tout his education and ties to the community. His mother was Busick’s divorce lawyer and apparently introduced the couple. She has not returned calls for comment.

A day after Busick killed herself, Jacob filed a request with the court to leave jail to attend the funeral. Wallace denied the request.

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