She's a Houston veterinarian and mother of an 8-year-old girl, but the allegations against her are serious.
"During the course of the discussion, she indicated that she wanted her ex-husband taken care of," according to court documents.
Charges were read Saturday against 48-year-old Valerie McDaniel as she stood in front of a judge at the Harris County Jail.
"Probable cause for your arrest Ms. McDaniel. Bond is set at no bond," the judge said.
Court documents show McDaniel was arrested Friday, alongside her live-in boyfriend, 39-year-old Leon Jacob. Both are charged with soliciting capital murder.
McDaniel is facing one count, for her ex-husband, whom she filed for divorce from back in 2014. They share a daughter.
But Jacob faces two counts, one for that ex-husband, and another for an ex-girlfriend of his. Court documents show Jacob was charged with stalking her just last month.
He allegedly assaulted her in January, and continued to contact her afterward. Jacob was arrested Feb. 6, and has been charged, which is why investigators say he hired a hit man.
"The co-defendant says he was looking for somebody to kill a witness for his pending stalking charge," probable cause statement ready to judge in court.
But unbeknownst to the suspects, that hit man they made plans with was an undercover police officer.
Documents show Jacob has a criminal arrest history for domestic violence, aggravated stalking, intimidation and cyberstalking.
Investigators said McDaniel offered to pay $10,000 to have her ex-husband.
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