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HOUSTON (AP) — A jury has found a former Houston medical resident guilty of capital murder solicitation in a plot to arrange the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and his new girlfriend’s ex-husband.

The Harris County jury in Houston deliberated just over an hour before returning its verdict on 40-year-old Leon Philip Jacob. Jurors will return to court Monday to begin hearing evidence on Jacob’s punishment. He could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

His girlfriend, 48-year-old Houston veterinarian Valerie Busick McDaniel, also had been charged with capital murder solicitation. However, she leaped to her death from her seventh-floor condominium a year ago while free on bond.

Jurors heard evidence on how Jacob and McDaniel hired an undercover police officer posing as a hit man to kill their former partners. Neither target was harmed.