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Nebraska man captured in Tennessee, allegedly after the killing of the parents, niece, police say

John Dalton Jr., 46, was arrested Wednesday allegedly after killing his parents and his cousin.

(Omaha Police Department)

A man was Wednesday arrested in west Tennessee, allegedly after killing his two parents and his niece in Nebraska, police said.

John Dalton Jr., 46, of Omaha, was taken into custody by U. S. Marshals in Jackson, Tennessee., according to the police. He is wanted on a first degree murder warrant after he allegedly killed his parents, John Dalton, Sr., 70, and Jean Dalton, 65, and his niece Leonna Dalton-Philip, 18, at their Omaha home Tuesday.

The young girl, her father told the Omaha World-Herald that his daughter had to stop by her grandma and grandpa’s house after work to pick up her younger sister and what to eat.

“Her car was still running. That is how fast this all happened,” he said.

He said her younger sister ran to a neighbor’s house around 7:30, says: “They shot my family.”

The police have not released a motive for the shooting.

Dalton fled to west Tennessee in the past, after he killed his wife two decades ago, authorities said.

Dalton Jr. was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, Shannon, Dalton, in September 1998, according to the court documents. After that shooting, Dalton fled to Tennessee, where he was captured a few days later, according to police.

He made a deal with prosecutors and was jailed in the fall of 1999, after pleading guilty to murder and other crimes. He was paroled in 2010.

His criminal record also includes convictions for delivery of cocaine, and leaving the scene of an accident, and the flight to avoid arrest in the early 1990s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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