GUILTY TX - Police stage murders to catch couple who hired hitman - Feb 2017

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  1. Niner

    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    Kevin Quinn
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    5m5 minutes ago

    Knecht: “Did you ever say you didn’t want to participate in this?” Jacob: “No” #leonjacob #abc13

    3m3 minutes ago
    Knecht: “Really any of those times you could’ve stopped, right? “ Jacob: “I guess.” #leonjacob #abc13


    Adam Bennett
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    3m3 minutes ago

    Prosecution replays audio of undercover officer during Olive Garden meeting talking about killing Valerie McDaniel's ex, says UCO and #leonjacob exchanged 10 separate phone calls afterwards, plus an in-person meeting at Jacob's condo where Jacob checked UCO for a wire. #khou11

    3 mins ago
    #leonjacob being pressed by prosecutors. Admits lengthy meeting w/undercover officer, never attempting to back out of the deal, saying, “My survival is more important” and “she needs to go”. Jacob says those statements are being taken out of context. #khou11
     
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    Joel Eisenbaum
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    3m3 minutes ago

    Prosecution reviewing recorded encounters between Jacob and undercover officer w prosecutor says Jacob unequivocally makes it clear he wanted his ex-girlfriend dead. Prosecutor prefers to review transcript rather than listen to audio. #LeonJacob

    Kevin Quinn
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    2m2 minutes ago

    . #LeonJacob testimony now over. Defense and prosecution have now rested. Working on charge. #abc13


    Cathy Russon
    ‏ @cathyrusson
    2m2 minutes ago

    #LeonJacob - Both sides rest. Judge and attorneys going over jury instructions


    Joel Eisenbaum
    ‏ @KPRC2Joel
    2m2 minutes ago

    Defense rests!.. one witness.. the defendant Jacob. Prosecutor smiling. Judge discussing the charges. Jury removed. #LeonJacob


    Adam Bennett
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    45s45 seconds ago

    #leonjacob testimony has wrapped up. Court taking a 5-minute break. #khou11


    Aaron Wische
    ‏ @KPRC2AaronEP
    2m2 minutes ago

    Aaron Wische Retweeted Joel Eisenbaum

    Big milestone reached in #leonjacob trial. Closing arguments to come.
     
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    Adam Bennett
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    17m17 minutes ago

    Each side in the #leonjacob trial will get half an hour for closing arguments. #khou11



    Joel Eisenbaum
    ‏ @KPRC2Joel
    11m11 minutes ago

    Jury still out of court room. Attorneys conferencing with Judge. Are we headed to closing? #LeonJacob

    7 mins ago
    Judge talking to jury now.. court instructions and charges read then closings then deliberation. #LeonJacob



    Kevin Quinn
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    5m5 minutes ago

    Judge Jim Wallace now reading charge to jury. Closing arguments next. Each side gets 30 minutes. Then deliberations. #leonjacob #abc13
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    Joel Eisenbaum
    ‏ @KPRC2Joel
    2m2 minutes ago

    Leon Jacob kicking back in his chair at the defense table as Judge explains what makes someone guilty or not guilty in this case.. Jacob faces 2 cts of soliciatation of cap murder here #LeonJacob



    Adam Bennett
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    56s56 seconds ago

    Both sides have rested in #leonjacob trial. Closing arguments starting now. Defense first. #khou11
     
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    Joel Eisenbaum
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    3m3 minutes ago

    Parnham closing now for defense... planting reasonable doubt seeds with Jury... addressing them directly in close proximity #LeonJacob

    30s30 seconds ago
    Parnham tells jury Leon Jacob "wanted her gone! (dramatic pause)... to Pittsburgh." #LeonJacob


    Cathy Russon
    ‏ @cathyrusson
    2m2 minutes ago

    #LeonJacob - Defense closing argument now. Watch live: https://lawandcrime.com/live-trials/live-trials-current/leon-jacob/watch-live-leon-jacob-trial/ …
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    Adam Bennett
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    2 mins ago

    #leonjacob's attorney: “Never the word kill ever used, never the word harm ever used in conversations" with bail bondsman/Houston City Council Member Michael Kubosh. "Makes no sense" to go to that person if you're going to commit a crime. #khou11

    1 min ago
    #leonjacob's attorney: No question from anyone in the courtroom “that Leon Jacob desperately loved this girl…. You don’t kill someone you desperately love.” #khou11



    Kevin Quinn
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    52s53 seconds ago

    Defense attorney George Parnham: “Leon Jacob desperately loved this girl...and you don’t kill somebody that you desperately love.” #leonjacob #abc13
     
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    Adam Bennett
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    1m1 minute ago

    Attorney: Everything beyond #leonjacob's initial meeting w/Kubosh “is all set up by the State of Texas” and actions of police officers. "Reasonable doubt is all over the place." #khou11

    4m4 minutes ago
    Attorney: Everything beyond #leonjacob's initial meeting w/Kubosh “is all set up by the State of Texas” and actions of police officers. "Reasonable doubt is all over the place." #khou11


    Kevin Quinn
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    1m1 minute ago

    Parnham: There is “reasonable doubt all over the place.” Asks jury to find #leonjacob not guilty. #abc13



    Adam Bennett
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    37s37 seconds ago

    Now it's the prosecution's turn to make their closing arguments in the #leonjacob trial. #khou11
     
  8. steve temple

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    Leon Jacob"s defence much better today. It does almost seem as if he was groomed by the undercover officer because Leon did keep saying that he didn't want anyone hurt.
    He was dreadful on cross-examination yesterday,haughty and condescending but today is better for him.
     
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    Kevin Quinn
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    53s54 seconds ago

    Prosecutor Cameron Calligan: “I suggest you you the only thing LJ is in love with us himself.” #LeonJacob #abc13



    Adam Bennett
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    40s41 seconds ago

    Prosecutor: “The only thing that Mr. Jacob is desperately in love with is himself, because that’s all he cares about.” #khou11 #leonjacob

    Joel Eisenbaum
    ‏ @KPRC2Joel
    1m1 minute ago

    Defense finished. DA Prosecutors now closing. We shift from Parnham's familiar avuncular tone to something much more energetic. #LeonJacob
     
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    Adam Bennett
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    5 mins ago

    Prosecutor on #leonjacob : “Look at the things he did in an attempt to walk away” from his misdemeanor domestic violence case. Not the first or last time defendant has misled people. #khou11

    32s33 seconds ago
    Prosecutor: “There’s no question that they’re talking about people being killed at Olive Garden,” discussed several times, #leonjacob knows what the officer is going to do. "That is absolute guilt... Case closed.” #khou11
     
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    Kevin Quinn
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    1m1 minute ago

    Calligan on #leonjacob solicitation of capital murder allegation to undercover officer: “He encourages him to do it. Offers to pay him for it. That is absolute guilt. Case closed.” #abc13
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    Sorry - the picture of prosecutor didn't come out....


    Adam Bennett
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    3m3 minutes ago

    Prosecutor on #leonjacob : “The last thing he says (to undercover officer during Olive Garden meeting): 'I don’t want her hurt… unless that’s the only option.'” #khou11

    1 min ago
    Prosecutor: #leonjacob "knew" the man he was meeting with was a hitman. Mentions potassium chloride conversation, staged robbery-gone-wrong photos of Valerie McDaniel's ex, “That’s as direct as you can get.” “He never puts a stop to any of it.” #khou11
     
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    I'm still catching up.
    Leon Jacob is a dreadful witness even with his own team.
    Listening to those audio tapes I think Jacob has a case for entrapment -and I started out thinking this was an open and shut case in favour of the prosecution.
    If only Leon Jacob did not believe so obviously that he is more intelligent than anyone else in the world.
     
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    Thanks for all the trial tweets, Niner!
     
  18. Niner

    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    Guess we had a verdict last night! Well, daytime for you all! Remember I'm 6 hours ahead EDT! :)


    Cathy Russon
    ‏ @cathyrusson
    13h13 hours ago

    #LeonJacob - Judge said they were adjourning for the weekend and called for the jury to be brought in. NOW the jury is asking for 5 more minutes. Verdict after all?


    Wild About Trial
    ‏ @WildAboutTrial
    13h13 hours ago

    Jury wanted a few more minutes.. not sure if there is a last minute verdict or what. Stay tuned. #leonjacob


    Joel Eisenbaum
    ‏ @KPRC2Joel
    13h13 hours ago

    Im starting to change my mind... they need another two minutes. Juries on Fridays like to wrap things up... so maybe a verdict not a recess.. Judge doesnt seem to know either. #LeonJacob #pins #needles


    Kevin Quinn
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    12h12 hours ago

    Two buzzes now from jury. #LeonJacob #abc13

    Yes, I'm dragging this out for you all - suspense!


    Joel Eisenbaum
    ‏ @KPRC2Joel
    12h12 hours ago

    Jury back. #LeonJacob



    Joel Eisenbaum
    ‏ @KPRC2Joel
    12h12 hours ago

    Guilty #LeonJacob count 1 and count 2
    Both counts of solicitation guilty. #abc13 #LeonJacob


    Adam Bennett
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    12h12 hours ago

    BREAKING: #leonjacob found GUILTY on both counts of Solicitation of Capital Murder. Jury recessing until Monday 9:30 a.m. for sentencing. #khou11


    Law & Crime Network
    ‏Verified account @LawCrimeNetwork
    12h12 hours ago

    #LeonJacob - The jury will now decide on the penalty.. That phase begins Monday.


    an article:
    https://www.click2houston.com/news/...k-on-stand-as-murder-for-hire-trial-nears-end
    acob's possible punishment ranges from probation to life in prison.
    [.....]
    Then the verdict was read and Jacob was found guilty on both counts. Jacob had no reaction as the verdict was read.
    [.....]
    Among those testifying in Jacob's penalty phase next week are Verikas, his ex-wife and several women Jacob is accused of having affairs with.



    Stephanie Whitfield
    ‏Verified account @KHOUStephanie
    12h12 hours ago

    #BREAKING #LeonJacob found guilty of both counts of solicitation of capital murder. Jury deliberated for less than 2 hours #khou11


    I knew it was that long for deliberations!! 2 hours...


    Kevin Quinn
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    11h11 hours ago

    After the verdict, defense attorney George Parnham told reporters it’s always difficult to predict how a client will be perceived when testifying before a jury. He wouldn’t tell me whether #LeonJacob testified against his advice or if it was mutually agreed upon. #abc13


    and at this link: https://twitter.com/hashtag/leonjacob?f=tweets&vertical=default&src=hash

    they have clips of Leon on the stand and closing arguments if someone missed them.


    and you are all quite welcome! :eek:nline:
     
  19. steve temple

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    I still can not get over how bad Leon Jacob was on the stand. He was aggressive to his own lawyers as well as the prosecution. He was mouthing things at his team -obviously felt that they were not doing a good job. He seemed so unprepared. Was not giving the answers that even his own team needed, said things like -if that's how you want to take it- to his own team who were trying to help him. He didn't seem to get that they were attempting to lead him in a certain direction- a direction that was beneficial to him.
    He had to testify I suppose but his testimony was the icing on the cake for the prosecution.
     
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    Would you know if there's a video of his testimony, especially in response to Ms. Knecht's questioning? TIA
     

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