Houston massacre suspect charged with multiple murder

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Spring, TX, United States (4E) – The man who shot seven people at a suburban Houston home killing six on Wednesday night will be arraigned Friday on a charge of multiple murder.

Ron Lee Haskell, 33, was charged and arrested Thursday after a three-hour standoff with a SWAT team and a hostage negotiator in Spring. The charge stemmed from his shooting dead of the couple Stephen and Katie Stay, 39 and 34, and their four children at the family’s home at 711 Leaflet Lane in the Enchanted Oaks subdivision, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The killed children were two boys, ages 4 and 13, and two girls, ages 6 and 9. A fifth victim, the Stay’s eldest daughter age 15, survived by pretending to be dead but remains in critical condition at the Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Haskell apparently barged into the home of the Stays around 5:50 p.m. looking for his estranged wife Melanie Kaye Haskell, who is Katie Stay’s sister. He first tied up five children and then the parents when they arrived home. Haskell demanded where his wife is and failing to get a satisfactory answer, shot the victims one by one in the head while they were tied up and laying face down on the floor. The parents and three children died on the spot and two other children were rushed to the hospital, where one eventually died.

After Haskell left the scene, the wounded 15-year-old girl called 911 and told police he was going to another home of relatives.

Haskell tried to evade pursuing police but was cornered in a cul-de-sac at Countrymeadow and Country Canyon Drive around 7 p.m. He initially refused to surrender threatening to kill himself, but eventually gave up peacefully around 10 p.m.

A background check on Haskell revealed that he had a history of domestic violence and was divorced by his wife last year. His mother, Karla Jeanne Haskell, 61, also claimed he assaulted her on July 3 after she told him she was talking to his estranged wife. Haskell’s wife obtained a protective order against him in July last year.

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