Texas killer had history of domestic violence: Reports

Texas killer had history of domestic violence: Reports

LOS ANGELES - The Texas man accused of slaughtering six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, was charged with murder Thursday amid reports he had previously been arrested for domestic violence.

Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, faces the death penalty for multiple counts of capital murder.

The heavy-set blond man was in the custody of the Harris County Sheriff's Office following an hours-long standoff with dozens of officers, including a SWAT team and hostage negotiators, late Wednesday.

No bond was set and Haskell is due to be arraigned on Friday.

The motive behind the latest chapter in the epidemic of gun violence plaguing the United States was not immediately known, but police suspect family troubles led to the bloodshed.

Haskell forced his way into the home of his ex-wife's sister in the Houston suburb of Spring while he was dressed as a FedEx delivery man, according to police.

He demanded to see his ex-wife, Melannie Haskell.

But when she was not present, Haskell tied up the family's eldest daughter, 15-year-old Cassidy, his ex-niece.

When the rest of the family returned home, Haskell also tied up the other four children - two boys aged four and 13 and two girls aged seven and nine - as well as husband and wife Stephen Stay, 39, and Katie Stay, 33.

Haskell then shot each member of the family in the back of the head execution-style, court documents showed.

Cassidy Stay survived but was in critical condition. Before being airlifted to the hospital, she managed to tell police the gunman was headed next for her grandparents' home.

Katie Stay's father, Roger Lyon, said the family was "shocked and devastated" by the tragedy.

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