Trial begins for man charged with murder for shooting dead of his ex-girlfriend’s husband in Dallas

Darrin Lopez allegedly shot and killed James Faith as he was out walking his dog with his wife in the Oak Cliff area.

DALLAS – A trial begins this week for a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s husband in Dallas in a murder conspiracy.

Darrin Lopez was charged with murder in the 2020 death of James Faith, who was shot and killed while walking his dog with his wife outside their Oak Cliff home.

Jury selection is expected to begin on Monday, July 24 for Lopez’s trial.

Lopez is accused of shooting Faith seven times on the morning of October 9, 2020, before she left the area. Lopez allegedly drove by his home in Tennessee and used a .45 pistol.

Faith worked as director of technology at American Airlines.

Jennifer Faith, James’ wife, was convicted of coordinating her husband’s murder with Lopez. According to an arrest affidavit, Lopez and Faith were a couple in high school and college. Investigators believed she was having an affair with Lopez.

In February 2022, she pleaded guilty to using interstate commerce in the murder-for-hire commission. She subsequently she was sentenced in June 2022 to life imprisonment.

According to court documents, Jennifer Faith had encouraged Lopez to commit the act by posing under fake email accounts. Investigators discovered that she posed as her husband in April 2020 and emailed Lopez regarding “extreme physical and sexual abuse that never occurred.”

After her husband’s death, Faith even interviewed the WFAA, asking for help finding her husband’s killer. She provided a description of the vehicle during the interview, saying it was a black Nissan Titan extended cab with a Texas Rangers sticker on the rear window.

Court documents said that two days after the WFAA interview she texted Lopez, saying, “I woke up in a panic … something is eating at me telling me you need to take the sticker off the back window of the truck.”

About a month after James’ death, prosecutors said Faith admitted to filing an insurance claim seeking nearly $629,000 in benefits through her husband’s employer. Prosecutors also said Faith sent Lopez a message about the status of the application and using the money to apply for a residency in her name in Tennessee.

Lopez also faces a federal charge of carrying a firearm in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony offense.

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