Jamie Faith Obituary – Death, Love triangle and a deadly dog walk Cause Of Death
A highly decorated U.S. Special Forces medic, who was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s husband, is now seeking the intervention of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to reduce his six-year prison sentence. He argues that he should be shown leniency because he played a role in sending his girlfriend to prison after discovering that she had fabricated allegations of abuse and manipulated him into participating in a complex murder plot.
Darrin Lopez, 51, spoke exclusively to NBC’s “Dateline” in his first interview since receiving a 62-year prison sentence for the murder. He acknowledged his involvement, stating, “I became their weapon, I understand that.” Lopez made these remarks while at the Dallas County Jail before his transfer to another facility east of Waco. He also asserted, “The real criminals are going to be in prison for life, and I helped her get there.” On October 9, 2020, Lopez fatally shot Jamie Faith, 49, as Faith was walking his dog with his wife, Jennifer Faith, outside their Dallas home.
Lopez was convicted and sentenced in July. In February 2022, Jennifer Faith admitted her guilt in using interstate communication to arrange a murder for hire. She confessed to misleading Lopez into believing that her husband had subjected her to physical and sexual abuse, allegations that were later proven false.
To learn more about this tragic love triangle, you can watch the “Losing Faith” episode airing tonight at 9 ET/8 CT on NBC Dateline.
Rick Calvert, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, revealed that Jamie Faith had never committed any of the alleged acts of abuse against his wife, and the charges were entirely fabricated. Jennifer Faith went to great lengths to deceive Lopez, using fake email accounts, doctored photos of previous injuries, and even an image of a bloody lip purchased from a stock photo agency to substantiate her false claims. Calvert described her deception as “the most brutal thing imaginable.”
Jennifer Faith, a speech therapist, and her husband, who worked as an IT director at American Airlines, were married for 15 years and had a teenage daughter at the time of the shooting. During their marriage, Jennifer reconnected with Lopez, a former high school flame, and their emotional affair lasted for seven months, according to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.
Lopez, a military veteran with six tours of duty in Iraq, had received several prestigious awards during his service, including the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. However, he suffered a traumatic brain injury during combat.
Lopez’s attorney, Juan Sanchez, disclosed that Lopez and his wife had separated in 2018, and during the pandemic, he resided with his two daughters on a rural property outside Nashville, Tennessee, becoming increasingly isolated. Sanchez explained, “So he’s sitting in front of a computer on this farm. He said, you know what, I’m going to try to get in touch with her again. He found her on LinkedIn and sent her an email. That’s how it all started.”