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Fmr. Doctor Found Guilty of Hiring Undercover Cop Hit Man to Kill Ex-Girlfriend


A former Texas doctor was found guilty late Friday of all counts related to an alleged hit he ordered on his ex-girlfriend. The most serious charges were solicitation of capital murder.

Leon Jacob, the defendant, was portrayed as a struggling doctor whose longtime girlfriend left him. Distraught, he started seeing a new woman, a veterinarian. The new girlfriend and Jacob, prosecutors alleged, hatched a scheme to have his ex-girlfriend and her ex-husband killed. The purported hit man was really an undercover cop.

The ex-husband and the ex-girlfriend were not harmed. They posed for police photos pretending to be bloodied and dead in order for the purported hit man to show the images to the defendant and his new girlfriend.

Jacobs’ new girlfriend committed suicide by jumping to her death before she could face trial.

Jacob testified that he did not want anyone hurt, killed, or kidnapped, but recorded conversations between Jacob and the purported hitman apparently convinced jurors otherwise. Jacobs tried to explain away the comments by saying he was asking questions about those things, not suggesting they actually happen.

A penalty phase for Jacobs will begin on Monday.

[Image via screen capture from the Law&Crime Network/Court Pool.]

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Aaron Keller holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. He is a former anchor and executive producer for the Law&Crime Network and is now deputy editor-in-chief for the Law&Crime website. DISCLAIMER:  This website is for general informational purposes only. You should not rely on it for legal advice. Reading this site or interacting with the author via this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. This website is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Speak to a competent lawyer in your jurisdiction for legal advice and representation relevant to your situation.