Texas man convicted for the killing of six members of the ex-wife’s family, including four children

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A Houston jury has convicted a man of killing six members of his ex-wife’s family on Thursday, rejecting his insanity defense.

Attorneys for Ronald Lee Haskell, the argument that he had heard voices in his head telling him to kill the members of the sojourn of the family in 2014. Prosecutors say Haskell, 39, was going to have to kill anyone who helped his ex-wife, Melannie Lyon, after she left him.

The authorities said that classes were moved from California, and the lurking place of the family for the two days prior to the commission of the murder.


For those who have been killed were Stephen Stay, 39, his 34-year-old wife, Katie, and their children, Zach, 4, and Rebecca, 7, Emily, 9, and 13-year-old Bryan. It stayed Together and Lyon’s sister.

Cassidy Stay, who was 15 at the time of the shooting, survived by playing dead after she was shot in the head. She testified that the classes were for everyone in the Houston area home, lying face down in the living room for the shoot. He then tried to go to the house of his ex-wife, her parents and brother, but was arrested by the police.

A forensic psychiatrist testifying for the defense said Haskell suffers from a severe mental disease that prevented him from knowing right from wrong. The psychiatrist testified that the Haskell had a form of bipolar disorder, an illness of the brain that causes unusual shifts in mood, and schizoaffective disorder, a condition characterised by hallucinations or delusions.

Ronald Haskell appears to have been a process in the Houston area in the last month. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP, File

In Texas, there is a form of the insanity defense is rarely used and rarely successful.

Lyons testified that the classes were physically abused her and their children. In the end, they moved to Texas, to Utah, to be with her family after the couple separated.


The plaintiffs claimed classes were faked symptoms of mental illness, and had carefully planned the killing, of disguising himself as a FedEx delivery driver to gain access to the Residence of the family in the home.

“We are grateful for the judges’ full attention in the past few weeks, all of the evidence in the case,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, it said in a statement. “There was never a reasonable doubt, that the classes were carefully planned and carried out with the least Stay in the family.”

Jurors deliberated for eight hours over two days before coming to a decision. The trial is the penalty phase is scheduled to begin on Monday. Prosecutors asked for the death penalty.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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