Well-known attorney withdraws from murder-for-hire case

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George Parnham, a legendary Houston defense attorney, withdrew on Thursday from a murder-for-hire case in which a popular Montrose veterinarian and her boyfriend were accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill their exes earlier this month.

Parnham filed a motion to withdraw from representing Leon P. Jacob, walking away from an apparent rift caused when Jacob’s family hired him, but Jacob hired attorney Paul Morgan.


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Jacob, 39, was arrested with Valerie Busick McDaniel, 48, on a charge of solicitation of capital murder. The couple were accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill their exes, but the supposed hitman was an undercover officer. McDaniel killed herself Monday by leaping from her seventh-floor River Oaks area condominium.

Parnham represented Jacob on Wednesday in an unsuccessful bid to have a judge grant him bail. State District Judge Jim Wallace denied the request after hearing that Jacob was free on bail when he allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill his ex-girlfriend, who had filed charges on him for alleged stalking and domestic violence.

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After that hearing, the judge was told of the rift between the lawyers and asked Jacob who he wanted to lead the defense team. Jacob said he wanted them to work together.

On Thursday, Parnham said little about the situation he was exiting.

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“I don’t want to say anything that negatively impacts the desired representation of the defendant,” he said. “Best of luck to both of them.”


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