A woman accused of trying to hire an undercover cop to kill her ex-husband was set to appear in court Tuesday, but authorities say she took matters into her own hands Monday.

According to a report from our news partner, KWTX, 48-year-old Valerie Busick McDanieland her live-in boyfriend, 39-year-old Leon Jacob, faced charges of soliciting capital murder after allegedly trying to hire the undercover officer to kill their ex-partners.

McDaniel leaped from her seventh-story condo Monday morning. The Houston Chronicle reports that her body was found shortly before 10:45 AM.

According to the Chronicle, McDaniel's motives were unclear, but she had a great deal of debt and faced an expensive divorce settlement with her ex, Marion McDaniel. The two had an 8-year-old daughter together, another Chronicle article reports.


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