Man says Rus­sians were af­ter mom

But po­lice sus­pect drug use in shoot­ing death of cou­ple

The Dallas Morning News - - Weather - By TOM STEELE Staff Writer tsteele@dal­las­ Twit­ter: @tom­steele

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.


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