A Texas man is on trial for allegedly, with his new girlfriend, hiring a hitman to take out his ex-girlfriend and his new girlfriend’s ex-husband. The purported hitman was actually an undercover police officer.
Leon Jacob, who prosecutors have painted as a financially-struggling doctor, started seeing a veterinarian shortly after breaking up with his long-time girlfriend. Jacob is facing charges of soliciting attempted murder and aggravated kidnapping. The new girlfriend jumped to her death before trial. The ex-girlfriend and the ex-husband were never harmed.
Defendant Jacob took the witness stand Thursday. On direct examination, he said he was not guilty. He said though he met with the undercover cop, he did not ask him to hurt, kill, kidnap, or physically harm anyone.
On cross-examination, a prosecutor asked Jacob about his relationship with his new girlfriend, which had commenced shortly after he broke up with the girlfriend he allegedly wanted dead. WATCH the defendant snap back at her in the video above.
The prosecutor later pointed out that the defendant has said he wanted the supposed hitman to “snatch her, put her in a room,” and threaten to kill her parents, with relation to his ex-girlfriend. “I was just having a conversation about possible scenarios,” not “giving him directions,” the defendant answered back. He said it was a “question,” not a “statement.”
Prosecutors said Jacob also told the hitman to inject his ex-girlfriend with potassium chloride, which he said would stop her heart and not be detected.
[Image via screen grab from the Law&Crime Network/pool.]