Woman jumps to her death after arrest for alleged murder-for-hire plot: Part 5

Leon Jacob denies keeping Valerie McDaniel from her friends, and in a recording made before her death, McDaniel says she loves him.
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arrested. Reporter: The suspects went as far as to plan out how they wanted their exes to be, quote, taken care of. Ordinarily, doctors wear scrubs, but not these two. At least not today. Led into court wearing Orange jumpsuits, charged with allegedly hiring a hit man to kill both their exes. Four days after the arrest, Valerie was released on a $50,000 bond. After a couple days in the cooler, she says, she needs to chill out and goes to see her friends. Why would you want your husband killed? She really did not talk about it at all. I think she knew that it was an uncomfortable situation for everyone. We were all trying to be upbeat and positive and, like, it's going to be fine. We can work through this. We, you know, we'll -- we'll help you out. We'll support you. But she seemed a little -- Resigned. Maybe little defeated. There was a look in her eyes that I hadn't quite ever seen before there. She knew we weren't going to pry, and ask her a lot of questions about what happened. In hindsight, after she had died, I immediately realized she came there to say goodbye. Reporter: And in one final, loving gesture to her friend Maggie, she pens this letter just before jumping to her death. Can you read it? Dear Maggie, I'm so very sorry for what I have done, but I am just not strong enough to fight all the battles ahead. I'm tired and so scared and so weak. Be well and stay safe. All my love, Valerie. The death of a murder for hire suspect who jumped from her own condo balcony today. People fell to their knees, crying. It -- it was completely just completely shocking. I dn't want -- I got a call, and I didn't want to believe it. Losing her career, and her reputation, and I just think she wasn't going to -- she just didn't want to live like that anymore. Mostly losing her daughter. Absolutely. That was the biggest thing. Reporter: And that audio diary she recorded, apparently a suicide note all along, and is now in the hands of the police. I didn't wake up one day, and just say, hey, I wanna kill my ex-husband. Things just gradually happened. Reporter: But prosecutors say she did want to do it, and actually confessed after her arrest out in the hallway outside her apartment. They keep telling -- to -- having to tell her to speak up. And she says things like, you know, so you wanted your husband killed? You know, you can't nod. You have to say yes, and she'd be like, yes, that's what I wanted. No matter how educated she was or brilliant or loving she was, seemingly fell under the spell of Leon Jacob. Val's friends blame Leon too. Do you think he's responsible for her death? Yeah. She wouldn't be where she is now if it wasn't for him. How does Valerie get from well-respected vet, to hiring a hitman, to suicide? I think that you're going to find the lynchpin of that is Leon Jacob. I do wa people to understand that this was not something that she wanted to happen. It's something that happened to her. I truly believe that. This was not something that she would have ever done. Reporter: Maggie points out, in the short 8 week period Leon and Valerie were together, she saw her friend only once. She wouldn't hang out with her friends anymore, which is all classic stalker method of operation. You cut them off from their friends. You seclude them. Reporter: Leon denies keeping Valerie from her friends. You know when you're first in a new relationship you kind of isolate yourselves with your -- you know, with each other. Reporter: But despite everything that's happened,

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