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In 2017, Valerie McDaniel was a prominent veterinarian, running a successful practice, while focusing much of her attention on raising her eight-year-old daughter. Although she’d recently left an unhappy marriage of 17 years, she quickly found herself falling in love with another man. 

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https://law.justia.com/cases/texas/fourteenth-court-of-appeals/2019/14-18-00304-cr.html 

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https://patch.com/texas/midtownhouston/police-charge-houston-veterinarian-her-boyfriend-hired-hitman-kill-their-exes 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvqzyJKR3Pw&list=PLoW1SIeAWaWZudmEpwMoKvgWCnWvdDBCZ&index=19 

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