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Witness in murder-for-hire plot appears in court

HOUSTON – Channel 2 Investigates was in court Monday as one of the key players in the case against murder-for-hire suspect Leon Jacob faced a judge.

Moataz Azzeh pleaded guilty to an unrelated theft charge.  Azzeh was named in court documents as the man whom Jacob contacted as a potential hitman to kill his ex-girlfriend.

Azzeh was sentenced to 10 months deferred adjudication in the theft case. He is not charged with a crime in the murder-for-hire case.

We asked if Monday's sentence was part of a plea deal in exchange for his cooperation in the case against Jacob, but prosecutors would not comment.