Police Arrest Widow of American Airlines Executive Shot Dead on Dog Walk

Police have arrested the wife of an American Airlines executive who was murdered in October while walking his dog in Dallas, Texas.

James Faith, 49, who worked as technology director at the U.S. airline, was on a walk with his wife, Jennifer Faith, in North Oak Cliff, Dallas, on October 9, when he was shot multiple times and killed.

The widow told police after the shooting that she and her husband had celebrated their 15th anniversary the day before. Jennifer Faith, 48, said they were just outside their home on South Waverly Drive, when she heard someone approaching from behind. Police said it was a masked man with a handgun who shot James Faith seven times before knocking Jennifer Faith down, trying to bind her hands with duct tape and steal her jewelry.

Jennifer Faith is the second person to be arrested in connection with her husband's killing. She was sent to Dallas County Jail at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, charged with obstruction of justice, FOX 4 reported. The widow will stay there until she is moved to a federal facility, Dallas police said.

Newsweek has contacted the Dallas Police Department and Jennifer Faith's attorney for comment.

Jennifer Faith's ex-boyfriend, Darrin Ruben Lopez, 48, was charged on January 22, accused of killing her husband. He was charged with murder and also faces a federal weapons charge. After being extradited from Tennessee, he is in Dallas County jail, with bail set at $1 billion.

Police allege in the arrest affidavit that Lopez and Jennifer Faith were together during high school and college, and the pair were believed to be having an affair. His lawyer, Juan Sanchez, said he was waiting to receive the evidence in the case before commenting on it, the Dallas Morning News reported on Wednesday.

Investigators allege Lopez drove from Tennessee to Dallas and waited, before shooting the American Airlines executive seven times on October 9, and returning to Tennessee. A search of Jennifer Faith's cell phone revealed that she and Lopez had been engaged in what she described to a friend as a "full-blown emotional affair."

Investigators say that Lopez's cell records show the pair were in near constant contact, sending one another hundreds of text messages each day for several months, including in the weeks before and after the murder. On the day of the shooting, the two of them stopped communicating until nine hours after it happened, police say.

Nearly two months after James Faith's death, in her first TV interview since the incident, Jennifer Faith said she had no idea who killed her husband.

"I just hope that at some point this person can recognize the gravity of what they've done. And feel some sort of guilt enough to come forward," she told WFAA on December 2. "I'm just not supposed to be widowed at 48."

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A stock photo of police tape. Police have arrested the wife of an American Airlines executive who was murdered last October while walking his dog in Dallas. Noam Galai/Getty