Leon Jacob – accused of trying to hire hitman to kill is ex – due back in court

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A Houston man accused in a murder-for-hire plot involving his girlfriend, a prominent Montrose veterinarian, in an alleged scheme to kill their exes is expected in court Wednesday.

Leon Phillip Jacob,  39, was arrested last month on a charge of solicitation of capital murder with veterinarian Dr. Valerie Busick McDaniel, who killed herself March 27.

Jacob is expected to be arraigned by state District Judge Jim Wallace. If convicted, he faces the possibility of life in prison.

Jacob is in the Harris County Jail without bail. He was on bond when he was arrested trying to hire a hitman to kill his ex-girlfriend, a woman who had accused him of domestic violence and stalking.

Jacob, through his attorney George Parnham, unsuccessfully argued  for bail. It is exceedingly rare for Harris County judges to grant any bond amount to suspects accused of violence while free on bail.

The case, which made international headlines, continued to capture Houstonians’ attention when it was revealed that  city councilman Michael Kubosh, in his role as a bail bondsman, was the tipster who apparently turned Jacob in.

Jacob allegedly approached Kubosh about contacting a middleman whom Jacob had already paid to find a hitman. Kubosh contacted the Houston police and the department’s major offenders unit set up a sting with a fake triggerman, complete with staged crime scene photos.


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