New details on suspects in alleged murder-for-hire plot

- Before this case propelled veterinarian Valerie McDaniel into the spotlight, few people besides her friends and clients knew who she was. We are learning a whole lot more thanks to court documents.

In 2014, she filed for divorce from her husband Marion McDaniel--the man she would eventually be accused of trying to kill. According to her divorce decree, her ex-husband fared quite well in the split.   He got the property on Tiki Island, half a share in Padre's Bar they co-owned , 100 percent of their pet cremation service and several bank accounts. She also owed him $1.25 million in cash. The divorce became final last August.

Her codefendant is a man named Leon Phillip Jacob. On the March 10,  police arrested the couple for hiring what they thought was a hit man to murder her ex-husband and his ex-girlfriend. He allegedly wanted his stalking case to go away. We don't know her motive yet.

The two live together in a River Oaks condo, but sources tell Fox 26 that at one time Jacob lived right next door to the McDaniels when they lived in a house in West University Place. No one answered the door when we rang that bell next door. Property records show it belongs to a Golda Jacob. Sources tell us that's Leon Jacob's mother, and you will find the same name at the bottom of the McDaniel's divorce decree. She was Valerie's divorce attorney.

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

More from FOX 26 Houston