Texas woman whose soul mate killed her husband gets life in prison

Jennifer Faith lied to her high school sweetheart that her husband was physically and sexually abusing her.

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Less than two months after her husband was shot seven times in October 2020, Jennifer Faith went on television and said she hoped the killer would feel guilty and come forward.

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“I don’t have to be widowed at 48, you know?” Vera told the WFAA through tears.

In reality, it was Faith who orchestrated the murder by convincing her high school ex-boyfriend to ambush and shoot her husband Jamie outside their home in Oak Cliff, Texas. After pleading guilty to contract killing in February, Faith was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison. She was also ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and $6,500 in damages to the family of her late husband, CIO at American Airlines.

“RS. Faith put on quite a show after her husband’s murder,” U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham said Tuesday. “…But crocodile tears didn’t stop the feds. We were determined to get justice for Jamie, and with a life sentence handed down by the judge today We are one step closer.”

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According to court documents, in March 2020, Faith was reunited with her former high school friend Darrin Reuben Lopez, who told Faith he became disabled due to a head injury after serving in Iraq. Over the next few months, prosecutors said she corresponded with Lopez and sent him enthusiastic letters calling him her “soulmate” and “one and only love.” In addition to what she described as a “full-blown emotional affair” with Lopez, Faith also told Lopez that her husband physically and sexually abused her—accusations Faith later admitted were lies, according to court documents.

But Lopez believed Vera, prosecutors say. In May, Faith created a fake email account in the name of one of her best friends, according to court documents. Faith allegedly used a false identity to falsely claim that Jamie Faith physically and sexually abused his wife.

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Lopez responded with sympathy.

“I know I won’t feel better about her situation until she leaves the house away from him or lets me put a bullet in Jamie’s head,” Lopez replied to one of the emails, according to court documents. “I keep proposing and she keeps telling me no.”

On October 9, 2020 around 7:33 am, Faith and her husband left the house to walk the dog. About a minute later, Lopez approached Jamie from behind and shot him seven times, killing him, prosecutors say. Lopez allegedly flew off in a black Nissan Titan pickup truck with a “T” sticker on the rear window.

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About a month after her husband’s murder, Faith claimed $629,000 in a life insurance claim, according to court documents. Around the same time, she hosted a GoFundMe fundraiser called “Supporting Jennifer Faith” and participated in television interviews pleading with viewers to help catch her husband’s killer.

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“Someone needs to know whose truck this is,” Faith told WFAA. “This is a black Nissan Titan with an extended cab. There was a “Texas Rangers” decal on the rear window. So from that point on, it was very peculiar.”

But after the interview, Faith told Lopez to remove the “T” from his truck, and Lopez eventually did just that, according to court documents. She also spoke with him about the progress of the life insurance claim, which she said was complicated by the ongoing murder investigation. In addition, Faith used GoFundMe proceeds to pay off credit cards used by Lopez and sent money and gifts to Lopez and his family, court documents say.

Lopez was arrested on January 11, 2021. He is awaiting trial on both state and federal murder charges; According to the Justice Department, he pleaded not guilty in both cases. The following month, Faith was arrested on obstruction of justice charges; She was later charged with a contract killing.

According to court documents, a few weeks before her arrest, Faith asked her personal assistant to deliver a message to Lopez that she would “always be with him, no matter what happens.”

“I know how you feel, together we can get through this, I believe in my heart,” Lopez said in response to Faith’s message, according to court documents. “Please stay strong for the USA. Your knight is always…. As you wish.”

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