A Texas man accused of shooting and killing six members of his ex-wife’s family was found guilty of capital murder Thursday.
After Melannie Lyon and Ronald Lee Haskell divorced, she moved to Texas to stay with her family.
She testified that his abusiveness was a reason behind her leaving him.
Prosecutors alleged during the trial that Haskell was motivated by vengeance and wanted to hurt anyone who helped Lyon. After two days of stalking her family members, he killed six of them.
Those killed were 39-year-old Stephen Stay and his 34-year-old wife Katie, Melanie Lyon’s sister, along with their children 4-year-old Zach, 7-year-old Rebecca, 9-year-old Emily and 13-year-old Bryan.
Cassidy Stay, who was 15 at the time, was shot in the head during the attack but survived after playing dead.
Stay, now 20, testified at trial that Haskell forced the family to lie face down before shooting them.
After shooting the Stays family, Haskell tried to go to the houses of his ex-wife’s parents and brother but ended up in a standoff with police who eventually took him into custody.
The jury will hear evidence in the trial’s punishment phase starting Monday and ultimately decide whether to sentence Haskell to death or life in prison.
With Wire News Services