A Texas woman who orchestrated her husband’s murder to collect a life insurance payout has been sentenced to life in prison.
Jennifer Faith, 48, admitted to arranging the plot in February after authorities found she had texted her high school sweetheart, Darrin Ruben Lopez, over 14,000 times to convince him to kill her husband, Jamie Faith.
Lopez was arrested on January 11, 2021 and is still awaiting trial on both state and federal charges in connection to the killing, both of which he has pleaded not guilty to.
On October 9, 2020, Lopez allegedly drove from his home in Tennessee to Dallas, Texas where the couple lived, and shot Jamie Faith seven times from behind as the couple walked their dog.
After the killing, Faith continuously denied her involvement and even went on television to say she hoped the killer would come forward.
‘I’m not supposed to be widowed at 48, you know?’ she told WFAA in December.
‘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.
Jennifer Faith (left) has been sentenced to life in prison for her involvement in the murder of her husband, Jamie Faith (right)
Jennifer Faith, 48, is pictured with her high school sweetheart, Darrin Ruben Lopez
Faith sent over 14,000 texts to her ex-lover Lopez before admitting to investigators that she orchestrated her husband’s murder
Faith is alleged to have told police that she was unable to identify the shooter because he was wearing a face mask and approached from behind. She concocted a version of events that she assumed would relieve her of any potential accusations.
‘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,’ Faith said.
‘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.’
Police also released a description of Lopez’s truck, and Faith pleaded with the public for someone to come forward with information.
‘Somebody has got to know whose truck this is,’ Faith 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.’
Faith then texted Lopez instructing him to remove the Texas Rangers sticker, which he did.
After discovering the trove of texts and Faith’s attempt to collect $629,000 in life insurance money, prosecutors became suspicious and uncovered the plot.
‘Crocodile tears didn’t stop the feds,’ said U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham in a statement on Tuesday. ‘We were committed to getting justice for Jamie, and with the Judge’s imposition of a life sentence this afternoon, we’re one step closer.’
Jennifer Faith is booked into a Dallas jail in February after a warrant found she was having an affair with Lopez. She first told police that she did not know who the killer was
Jamie Faith was shot approximately 15 feet from the couple’s home, shown here, while they were walking their dog
Faith also created a fundraiser on GoFundMe called ‘Support for Jennifer Faith.’ The fundraiser raised over $60,000, but Faith used the money to pay off credit cards that Lopez had used and bought gifts for his family.
Faith reconnected with Lopez in March 2020, and began texting him intimately and calling him her ‘soulmate.’ Lopez had told Faith that he suffered a severe brain injury while serving in Iraq, leaving him disabled.
Faith lied to Lopez about her husband, an IT director at American Airlines, being sexually and physically abusive. Lopez responded with sympathy and offered to ‘put a bullet in his head,’ according to court documents.
The two continued to text each other hundreds of times a day, before abruptly stopping on the day of her husband’s death, before resuming a day later.
Along with her life sentence, she was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and $6,500 to the family of her deceased husband.