Murder-for-hire suspect: 'Now, I'm here alone'

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Leon Jacob once again spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News from behind bars Wednesday, saying he was initially placed on suicide watch after Valerie McDaniel committed suicide last week.

"I would never hurt myself. I would never do something like that," Jacob said. "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Valerie left me. Now, I'm here alone."

Jacob also talked about his previous marriage to Annie Jacob, with whom he has two children under the age of 10.

SEE ALSO: Timeline of alleged murder-for-hire plot events

When the couple divorced, Jacob faced several charges related to stalking and intimidation. In the end, he pleaded guilty to one charge of attempted cyberstalking, a misdemeanor. That happened in September of 2014. All of the other charges were dropped.

Jacob said he was simply trying to see his two children at the time.

"That doesn't make me a stalker," Jacob said. "That makes me a good dad."

Attorney George Parnham is set to take over as Jacob's attorney again Thursday.

Report a typo to the ABC13 staff

Copyright © 2019 KTRK-TV. All Rights Reserved.