The defendant in the River Oaks murder-for-hire plot makes first court appearance

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Earlier this week, Leon Jacob, half of an alleged tabloid-worthy murder-for-hire plot, which ultimately backfired when authorities intervened last year, appeared in court.

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As his defense team “worked out pre-trial motions,” Jacob looked on.

Court records show he is accused of solicitation of murder and aggravated kidnapping.

Jacob’s girlfriend, Montrose veterinarian Valerie McDaniel, committed suicide last spring after both faced charges related to plotting to kill their exes.

Reports show Montrose veterinarian Valerie McDaniel jumped to her death after her arrest last March following an undercover police officer bust of the duo’s alleged activities.

According to authorities, before her death, Jacob approached J. Duran for help with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend Megan Verikas.

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Prosecutors allege Jacob intended for his ex-girlfriend to be frightened, threatening to kill her if she became uncooperative.

In Wednesday’s court appearance, court officials announced Jacob’s mother would testify as a witness in the trial.

This is a developing story.

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