Meghan Verikas, the ex-girlfriend of Leon Jacob, took the stand Wednesday in Jacob’s trial for allegedly plotting to kill her.
Jacob and his girlfriend Valerie McDaniel allegedly provided cash and presents in change for killing Verikas and McDaniels’ ex-husband. They have been charged with soliciting capital homicide in March 2017. McDaniel later killed herself.
Verikas mentioned an incident from January 2017, the place she and Jacob had a battle and he or she went to police, who charged Verikas with assault. After the battle, Verikas stayed with Jacob’s household. Jacob tried to speak together with her and go to the home, however she mentioned she didn’t wish to discuss to him. She mentioned at that time she felt that their relationship was over. At one level when he got here to the home, Verikas hid in a closet as a result of she was afraid.
“I do know that bitch is right here,” Jacob mentioned to Leslie, in keeping with Verikas.
“I used to be terrified,” she mentioned.
At that time, she left and made preparations to remain on the lodge the place she labored. After that occurred, she mentioned, Jacob would name her office, produce other individuals name, and at one level she says he was discovered within the bushes exterior the constructing ready for her. All this was after there was an order of safety from the assault cost saying he needed to keep away from her.
The testimony then jumped to the alleged homicide plot, with police informing Verikas a few doable menace on her life. She described how she cooperated with them, going to a location with undercover officers in March 2017, and taking photos the place she was tied up, made to seem like a captive. As a part of the plan, she additionally despatched Jacob a message saying she beloved him and needed to get again collectively.
On cross-examination, the protection introduced up numerous messages from December 2016 and January 2017 between Verikas and Jacob meant to point out that their relationship had been going properly. The final of these messages was days earlier than the assault occurred.
Throughout the prosecution’s re-direct examination, nevertheless, Verikas learn emails despatched by Jacob in January 2017, after a protecting order had already been issued as a result of assault cost. In a single, Jacob mentioned, “Did you severely get a protecting order towards me?” Below the order, Jacob was not permitted to contact Verikas in any respect.
In a subsequent e mail, which Verikas took as a menace, Jacob wrote, “Belief me, my love. Now we’ve actual points.”
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