Wife of murder-for-hire suspect, John Thomas Roberts, speaks out
Newton County -
Jessica McDaniel wouldn't go on camera with us, but we did have the chance to sit down with her to talk about her husband John Thomas Roberts. She believes he tried to have her, her two children, and her father killed.
McDaniel says she married John Thomas Roberts on May 12, 2012. She says Roberts changed when they got married. She says he became aggressive, physical and a heavy drinker. Court documents show that in October Roberts was indicted on domestic aggravated violence. He's accused of hitting Jessica in the face with a candlestick.
She says when she learned she was a target of the murder for hire plot... she says she wasn't surprised. Roberts was being held in the Newton County Jail when the alleged plot was exposed.
"We had a confidential informant to tell us what he was trying to have done," says Sheriff Jackie Knight.
Newton County Sheriff, Jackie Knight says it was a confidential informant who let police know Roberts murder-for-hire plot.
"We contacted MBI. We got word that John Thomas was wanting some of the family members killed…. They got a special ops team over and then we began the procedures," continues Sheriff Knight.
But Knight says this isn't the first time they've dealt with Roberts.
Sheriff Knight comments "We know him well."
Throughout our investigation News Channel 12 found court documents showing Roberts has a history of run-ins with the law. In May, Roberts was charged with stalking Jessica. The case is expected to go to court in January.
In 2009, statutory rape and sexual battery charges were brought against Roberts, but those charges were later dismissed.
Other charges dismissed were careless driving, DUI, possession of beer and public drunk...
McDaniel says she wants him "to go away for the rest of his life," so he can never hurt anyone again.
Sheriff Knight says Jessica McDaniel and her family are not in any danger...
According to the Newton County District Attorney, the earliest the attempted murder case could go to a grand jury is early February 2014.