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Dallas woman, 49, charged in airline exec husband’s murder-for-hire


A Dallas woman has been charged with orchestrating her American Airlines executive husband’s cold-blooded murder by allegedly convincing her boyfriend to shoot him as the married couple walked their dogs last year.

Federal court documents that were unsealed on Tuesday allege that Jennifer Faith, 49, used two phony email accounts to dupe her lover, Darren Lopez, into thinking that her husband of 15 years, Jamie Faith, was physically and sexually abusing her, as a way of justifying the murder plot.

‘Ms. Faith’s alleged murder-for-hire scheme was depraved and calculated,’ stated Acting US Attorney Prerak Shah. ‘She preyed on her boyfriend’s protective instinct and his pocketbook in order to convince him to execute her husband.’

Faith was charged on Tuesday with use of interstate commerce in the commission of murder-for-hire, which carries a potential death penalty.

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Jennifer Faith, 49, has been indicted on a federal murder-for-hire charge in the October 2020 killing of her husband, Jamie Faith (pictured together, left), which was allegedly carried out by the wife’s boyfriend, Darren Lopez (right) 

Jamie Faith was walking his dogs outside the family's grey house in Oak Cliff, Texas (right) when a masked man ambushed and shot him seven times, killing him

Jamie Faith was walking his dogs outside the family’s grey house in Oak Cliff, Texas (right) when a masked man ambushed and shot him seven times, killing him 

Law enforcement officials later recovered the murder weapon, a .45 caliber gun, with Jamie Faith's blood still on it, in Lopez's possession

Law enforcement officials later recovered the murder weapon, a .45 caliber gun, with Jamie Faith’s blood still on it, in Lopez’s possession  

She was previously charged with obstruction of justice, to which she pleaded not guilty.

Jennifer is suspected of creating fake email accounts as part of a plot to convince her boyfriend that her husband was physically and sexually abusing her, which was false

Jennifer is suspected of creating fake email accounts as part of a plot to convince her boyfriend that her husband was physically and sexually abusing her, which was false 

Lopez, 49, has pleaded not guilty to a state murder charge and a federal gun offense.

Lopez allegedly gunned down Jamie Faith, an American Airlines technology director, on October 9, 2020, if front of his home in Oak Cliff.

Jennifer told police that she witnessed the shooting but was unable to identify the gunman because he was wearing a face mask and approached from behind. Months later, she went on TV and begged the person responsible for her husband’s death to turn himself in.   

Jennifer was arrested in February 2021, after police discovered that she had exchanged 14,000 text messages with the alleged gunman, who was believed to be her high school and college sweetheart. 

‘Jamie Faith’s brutal murder was a tragedy,’ Shah said. ‘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.’

A federal prosecutor said in a statement that Jennifer orchestrated a 'depraved and calculated' murder-for-hire plot targeting her husband of 15 years

A federal prosecutor said in a statement that Jennifer orchestrated a ‘depraved and calculated’ murder-for-hire plot targeting her husband of 15 years 

After becoming convinced that he needed to save Jennifer from her abusive purportedly husband, Lopez allegedly traveled from his home in Tennessee to Dallas on October 8, 2020

Lopez outside Pilot Travel Centers truck stop located at 3400 Service Loop Road, West Memphis, Arkansas on October 8, 2020

After becoming convinced that he needed to save Jennifer from her abusive purportedly husband, Lopez allegedly traveled from his home in Tennessee to Dallas on October 8, 2020. Pictured: Lopez outside Pilot Travel Centers truck stop located at 3400 Service Loop Road, West Memphis, Arkansas on October 8

According to a federal indictment, Jennifer allegedly created a fake Gmail account in her husband’s name in April 2020. Posing as her husband, Jennifer emailed Lopez multiple times during the spring and summer of 2020, taunting him with ‘details of extreme physical and sexual abuse that had never actually occurred.’

Jennifer also attached to her emails fake photos of injuries as bogus proof of the domestic abuse.

‘I am telling you to stay away from my family,’ she allegedly wrote in an email to Lopez on April 10 while posing as her husband. 

‘Enjoy knowing you can’t do a [expletive] thing about it,’ she purportedly wrote in another email to Lopez, attaching close-up photos of phony bruises.

Jennifer also created a fake Gmail account in her friend’s name on May 13 and sent multiple emails to Lopez, falsely claiming that Jamie was abusing his wife. According to the indictment, she attached stock images of injuries to her emails. 

Jamie's killer was seen fleeing the scene in an older model, black Nissan titan with a distinctive white 'T' decal on the lower left side of the rear window. Aerial footage shows the truck matching that description

Jamie’s killer was seen fleeing the scene in an older model, black Nissan titan with a distinctive white ‘T’ decal on the lower left side of the rear window. Aerial footage shows the truck matching that description 

In her text messages exchanges with Lopez, Jennifer allegedly pleaded with him to remove the 'T' decal from the vehicle after the murder

In her text messages exchanges with Lopez, Jennifer allegedly pleaded with him to remove the ‘T’ decal from the vehicle after the murder 

‘Jamie slapped Jen … then he sent the pic of him choking her,’ she wrote in an email to Lopez on May 13 while posing as her friend. ‘I am asking if you are willing to get involved and help Jen get out of this situation.’

In another email addressed to Lopez, Jennifer allegedly wrote: ‘Any ideas how we can help her?’

On May 20, Lopez allegedly replied in an email sent to the fake Gmail account: ‘I know I won’t feel better about her situation until she is out of the house away from him or she lets me put a bullet in Jamie’s head.’

Jennifer, still posing as her friend, allegedly wrote back: ‘I am also very concerned and if it were up to me, I would tell you to go for it with your idea — lol; I’ll give you an alibi.’

The indictment claims that on October 8 – the day of the Faith couple’s 15th wedding anniversary – Lopez drove from his home in Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee, to the Faiths’ home in Dallas, where he laid in wait until the early morning hours of October 9. 

In December, Jennifer told WFAA she had no idea who the killer was, and cried when appealing to the killer to come forward on television

In December, Jennifer told WFAA she had no idea who the killer was, and cried when appealing to the killer to come forward on television

A friend launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the Faith family, and Jennifer allegedly used the money to pay Lopez's credit card bills and buy him plane tickets

 A friend launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the Faith family, and Jennifer allegedly used the money to pay Lopez’s credit card bills and buy him plane tickets 

When Jennifer and Jamie emerged from their home to walk the family dog, Lopez allegedly approached the husband from behind and shot him seven times – three times in the head, three times in the torso, and one time in the groin – before fleeing the scene in his black Nissan Titan pickup truck with a distinctive ‘T’ decal on the back window.

In the days following the murder, Jennifer and Lopez allegedly exchanged multiple text messages about removing the decal from the  boyfriend’s truck.

In January 2021, Lopez was arrested in Tennessee. He now faces a state murder charge and a federal weapons charge

In January 2021, Lopez was arrested in Tennessee. He now faces a state murder charge and a federal weapons charge 

A day after the murder, a friend of Jennifer’s launched a GoFundMe account to raise money for the family. The newly minted widow allegedly withdrew approximately $58,000 from the fund, which she used to pay for purchases made on two credit cards she gave Lopez. 

According to the indictment, Jennifer used some of the GoFundMe money to pay for expenses for Lopez and his family, buy plane tickets for him and his daughters, and pay FedEx to ship her boyfriend a large screen television.

On November 11, Jennifer initiated a life insurance claim seeking approximately $629,000 in death benefits from Met Life. She repeatedly updated Lopez about the status of the claim. 

In an interview with the station WFAA in December, Jennifer described her husband’s killing and demanded answers. 

‘We walked out the door and we made it to the house right behind you and I heard running behind me and I turned around and shooting just started,’ she said at the time.

‘The guy kept shooting and shooting. A neighbor said they saw him attempt to shoot me and the gun was empty. I was running up this driveway and he tackled me, started beating on me, and taped my hands together.’

She also told FOX 4 that it was hard not knowing why her husband was killed, pleading for the killer to come forward.

‘It’s been horrible, devastating. I teeter between being heartbroken and completely devastated. Every day has been awful,’ she said at the time, before Lopez’s arrest.

At the time of speaking, police had made no arrests, but had released a description of the suspect’s truck which was later found to be Lopez’s.

‘Somebody has got to know whose truck this is,’ Jennifer said. ‘It’s a black Nissan Titan extended cab. It had a Texas Rangers sticker in the back window. So it was very distinctive from that point.’

On January 10, law enforcement officials invited Jennifer for an interview. She immediately texted her boyfriend, telling him she was ‘a ball of nerves now.’ 

‘You don’t need to be,’ Lopez reassured her, according to the documents. ‘Just keep saying what you have been … you will be fine.’

Jennifer allegedly replied that if police ask her about Lopez, she will tell them that he is an old friend going through a divorce. 

Jennifer is pictured being booked into jail in February 2021, after cops discovered that she had exchanged 14,000 texts with her husband's suspect killer

Jennifer is pictured being booked into jail in February 2021, after cops discovered that she had exchanged 14,000 texts with her husband’s suspect killer 

‘I am going to factory reset my phone on Sunday night after deleting texts,’ she added. ‘Just thinking in case they pulled phone records and ask.’

On the day of Jennifer’s police interview, Lopez was arrested in Tennessee. Cops were said to have recovered the .45 caliber handgun used in Jamie Faith’s killing with the victim’s blood still on it. 

While Lopez was in jail, Jennifer allegedly asked someone to let him know: ‘I will always be his.’

Lopez sent a reply to Jennifer through the same person: ‘Your knight always.’ 

A month after Lopez’s arrest, Jennifer was booked on a federal charge of obstruction of justice after investigators learned that she and the murder suspect had exchanged 14,000 text messages in October 2020 alone, discussing how they could be together in five years. 

The text messages stopped on the day of Jamie’s killing, but then resumed a day later.  

If convicted of murder, Lopez faces up to a life in state prison. The federal firearm charge against him carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.  



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