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A Texas woman who went on TV and pleaded for information about her husband’s killer has been charged with murder-for-hire in his death.
Jennifer Lynne Faith, 49, is accused of orchestrating the murder of her husband, Jamie Faith, who was gunned down in front of their Oak Cliff home on Oct. 9, 2020, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas. Authorities say Jennifer used two phony email accounts to correspond with her boyfriend, Darrin Ruben Lopez. In the emails, Jennifer allegedly posed as her husband and her friend to falsely portray sexual and physical abuse committed by him.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says those accusations against Jamie were bogus.
“Ms. Faith’s alleged murder-for-hire scheme was depraved and calculated. She preyed on her boyfriend’s protective instinct and his pocketbook in order to convince him to execute her husband,” said acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah. “Jamie Faith's brutal murder was a tragedy. His death has been a double blow to his family and friends, who had just begun to absorb the news of his murder when they were confronted with evidence of his wife's alleged involvement. We are committed to getting justice for Jamie - and to holding both Ms. Faith and Mr. Lopez accountable for their alleged crimes."
Lopez previously entered a plea of not guilty to state charges of murder and a federal gun charge.
In December 2020, Jennifer took to local news outlets and pleaded for the public’s help to identify the person who shot and killed her husband, an American Airlines technology director.
“I just hope that, at some point, maybe this person can recognize the gravity of what they’ve done,” she cried in an interview with ABC affiliate WFAA. “And feel some sort of guilt enough to come forward [because] this is – I’m not supposed to be a widow at 48, you know?”
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jennifer created the fake email accounts in Jamie’s name. She pretended to be him when emailing Lopez, detailing graphic acts of violence and attaching stock photos of her fake injuries.
While allegedly posing as her friend, Jennifer insisted over email that Lopez do something about the constant abuse on several occasions, prosecutors said.
“Jamie slapped Jen … then he sent the pic of him choking her,” Jennifer allegedly wrote. “I am asking if you are willing to get involved and help Jen get out of this situation.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office stated that “investigators have found absolutely no evidence of domestic or sexual violence by Jamie Faith.”
Authorities say that on Oct. 8, 2020, Lopez drove from his Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee home to Dallas, where he parked overnight by the Faith home. While Jennifer and Jamie exited the house to walk their dog the following day, Lopez allegedly walked behind them and shot Jamie seven times — three times in the head, three times in the torso, and once in the groin — before fleeing.
After the ambush, Jennifer allegedly communicated back and forth with Lopez with plans to hide their secret, including having Lopez remove an identifiable decal from his vehicle. The pair later tried to delete the texts, authorities said.
Jennifer is accused of paying Lopez for the assassination.
“On Oct. 10, an associate of Ms. Faith created a GoFundMe account to raise money for the deceased’s family,” stated the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “Ms. Faith allegedly withdrew approximately $58,000 from the fund, which she used to pay for purchases made on two credit cards she gave to Mr. Lopez.”
One month after the murder, Jennifer initiated a life insurance claim seeking death benefits to the tune of $629,000, according to authorities.
Jennifer and Lopez are accused of exchanging numerous texts in an attempt to cover their crimes.
“Detective called. He wants me in for an interview tomorrow,” Jennifer wrote on Jan. 10, 2021. “He said he wants to go over the investigation and go through some things to start moving things forward. I’m a ball of nerves now.”
“You don’t need to be,” Lopez responded. “Just keep saying what you have been … you will be fine.”
On Jan. 11, 2021, law enforcement arrested Lopez at his Tennessee home, where they say they located the .45 caliber handgun used to kill Jamie Faith. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Jamie’s blood was recovered from the firearm.
Jennifer Lynne Faith was charged with murder-for-hire. If found guilty, she could face the death penalty.