Man says Russians were after mom
But police suspect drug use in shooting death of couple
A San Antonio-area doctor accused of killing two of his neighbors last month while their young children watched reportedly told authorities that they were members of the Russian mob who planned to kill his mother.
According to searchwarrant affidavits obtained by the San Antonio Expressnews, Robert Edward Fadal II thought his mother’s life was threatened because he had infiltrated a global financial conspiracy. Detectives believe drug use may have been a factor in the slayings.
Fadal, 56, was arrested Feb. 25, not long after Anthony and Tiffany Strait were shot dead on the Fadal family’s gated compound in Seguin, about 35 miles east of San Antonio.
The Straits, who had gotten married in May, had driven to the Fadal compound to help Fadal’s mother move a piece of furniture. Their three boys, ages 7, 9 and 10, watched from the back seat of the family’s GMC as their parents were slain.
Anthony Strait, 27, died at the scene; Tiffany Strait, 30, was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Emergency responders reported that Fadal came out of his house and said that he had “killed two innocent people.”
According to the Expressnews, Fadal told deputies that his life was in danger because he had cracked a global financial conspiracy. He would not speak to investigators unless internet-connected devices, radios and even a digital clock were removed from the room.
Fadal said he had been subject to online threats in recent weeks after he had researched the “involvement and manipulation of the stock market and American wealth” by the Jewish community, KSAT-TV reported.
“Robert Edward Fadal stated that he believed that the persons in the 2005 GMC Sierra who had arrived at his mother’s home were there to murder his mother in retaliation for his infiltration,” one deputy wrote in an affidavit, noting that people who display such a paranoia are often under the influence of some sort of drug.
Authorities took a sample of Fadal’s blood; the results of tests have not been released.
Fadal remains in custody at the Guadalupe County jail, with bail set at $5 million. His lawyer, James Millan, has not commented on the case.
The Texas Medical Board suspended Fadal’s license on March 1.
Tiffany and Anthony Strait were married in May. They had driven over — with their three sons in the back seat — to help Robert Fadal’s mother move a piece of furniture.
ROBERT EDWARD FADAL II