Killer was part­ner of woman vic­tim


A fam­ily of six chil­dren and two par­ents were fa­tally shot in the head at a U.S. home by a man with a vi­o­lent crim­i­nal history who had pre­vi­ously been in a con­tentious re­la­tion­ship with the mother, author­i­ties said Sun­day.

David Con­ley, 48, was charged with cap­i­tal mur­der in the deaths. Most of the vic­tims had been hand­cuffed and some had been shot mul­ti­ple times, said Sgt. Craig Clop­ton.

The dead were iden­ti­fied as par­ents Dewayne Jack­son, 50, his wife Va­lerie Jack­son, 40, and chil­dren Nathaniel, 13, Dewayne, 10, Hon­esty, 11, Caleb, 9, Trin­ity, 7, and Jonah, 6. Nathaniel was be­lieved to be Con­ley’s son from the re­la­tion­ship with Va­lerie Jack­son. Po­lice had ear­lier said that there were three adults and five chil­dren killed.

“We do not — can­not — fully com­pre­hend the mo­ti­va­tion of an in­di­vid­ual that would take the lives of so many in­no­cent peo­ple. Es­pe­cially the lives of the young ones,” said Chief Deputy Tim Cannon. “The killer’s mo­tives ap­pear to be re­lated to a dis­pute with Va­lerie, who was his for­mer do­mes­tic part­ner.”

Con­ley, who is be­ing held in Jail, didn’t ap­pear at a court hear­ing Sun­day where an ar­rest af­fi­davit was read. The judge de­nied him bond. Con­ley doesn’t yet have an at­tor­ney.

Author­i­ties were first alerted about a prob­lem at the home when a rel­a­tive of Va­lerie Jack­son’s con­tacted the sher­iff’s of­fice to con­duct a wel­fare check there.

A stand­off en­sued for sev­eral hours be­tween Con­ley and author­i­ties un­til Con­ley sur­ren­dered, said Clop­ton.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors de­clined to say when on Satur­day the vic­tims were shot or if any vic­tims were alive when deputies first tried to en­ter the home.

Con­ley told author­i­ties that he dis­cov­ered on Satur­day morn­ing that the locks had been changed at the home af­ter he had moved out. He en­tered the home through an un­locked win­dow, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Court records show Con­ley’s crim­i­nal history dates back to at least 1988, with the most re­cent in­ci­dent last month, when was charged with as­sault. In court doc­u­ments, author­i­ties say the sus­pect had been ar­rested for al­legedly as­sault­ing Va­lerie Jack­son. The at­tack hap­pened at the home where the bod­ies were found and doc­u­ments say he had a dat­ing re- la­tion­ship with her.

Author­i­ties de­clined to com­ment on as­sault charges Con­ley had faced in the past in con­nec­tion with his re­la­tion­ship with Va­lerie Jack­son or what prompted rel­a­tives to worry and re­quest that deputies be sent to the home on Satur­day.


(Above) Mem­bers of the Harris County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment are joined by other law en­force­ment of­fi­cials dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in Hous­ton, Texas, in the case of David Con­ley, shown on the video screen, Sun­day, Aug. 9. (Right) Jae­len Charles places flow­ers, Sun­day, out­side the home where eight peo­ple were killed on Satur­day in Hous­ton.

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