The Courier-Mail

Eight slain … just another day in America


HOUSTON: A man has been charged with tying up and shooting dead his ex-wife, another adult, and six children – including his own son – at her house in Houston.

David Ray Conley III (right), 49, had recently moved out of the family home and came back to find the locks were changed, he told police.

But the serial criminal allegedly found an open window, climbed through, then systemati- ca cally assassinat­ed Valerie Ja Jackson, 40, her 50-year-old 5 husband D Dwayneh

Jackso son, and their fiv five children: Jonah,Jo 6, Trinity, 7, Caleb, 9, 9D Dwayne Jr, 10, and Honesty, 11.

Conley’s 13-year-old son, Nathaniel, was also killed.

According to Conley’s crimi- nal record, he was arrested for domestic assault at the Falling Oaks Rd property in 2013. He served nine months in jail.

Conley was being held in the Harris County Jail yesterday.

Bond had not yet been set for him. According to the arrest affidavit, Conley said he had discovered on Saturday morning that the locks had been changed at the house after he’d moved out. He had a long history of domestic violence.

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