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Leon Jacob appears in court, mother called as witness in trial

HOUSTON – The man at the center of a high-profile murder-for-hire case went before a judge Wednesday.

Leon Jacob went back before a judge as his defense team worked out some pre-trial motions. Also announced Wednesday -- Jacob's mother will be called as a witness.

Leon Jacob said he wanted ex-girlfriend 'out of the picture,' councilman says

His trial is set for March with jury selection beginning Friday, March 16. He is charged with solicitation of capital murder. 

Prosecutors say he and his late girlfriend, veterinarian Valerie McDaniel tried to hire a hit man to kill their exes.