Veterinarian accused in murder-for-hire dies by suicide

March 28, 2017

Valerie McDaniel, DVM, accused of hiring a hit man to murder her ex-husband, commits suicide before the date of her court appearance.

According to Houston authorities, the Montrose veterinarian and practice owner Valerie McDaniel, DVM, accused of plotting the murder of her ex-husband, killed herself Monday morning by jumping from her seventh-floor condo, the Houston Chronicle is reporting.

Earlier this month, McDaniel and her boyfriend were arrested and charged with solicitation of capital murder after attempting to hire a hit man to kill their exes. The court set bail at $50,000, which McDaniel posted. She was set to return to court March 28. 

McDaniel's clinic, Montrose Veterinary Clinic, had this message posted on its website today:

To All Clients, friends and “patients” of Montrose Veterinary Clinic

Please be advised that Montrose Veterinary Clinic will continue in our operation and in our commitment to provide the very best service possible to our clients and patients. We aren't going anywhere! Despite some recent publicity regarding our owner we assure you that our team of talented Veterinarians and trusted support staff will not miss a beat in maintaining the excellent service and attention to our customers we are known for. Thank you so much for your continued support and we look forward to continuing working with you in the future!

Thank you,

Montrose Veterinary Clinic