Texas Shooter Collapses in Court When Read Details of Crime
A man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife’s family, including four children, after forcing his way into their suburban Houston home collapsed in court twice Friday as a prosecutor read out details of the crime.
A shackled Ronald Lee Haskell was standing before a state district judge during a probable cause hearing when he fell to the ground. Deputies lifted him to his feet and the 33-year-old Haskell stood for about another minute before collapsing again.
He was then lifted into a chair and wheeled from the courtroom.
“His face, he obviously lost blood in his face, and his knees buckled,” said Haskell’s attorney, Doug Durham. “He’s scared. I think he has a limited mental capacity of what’s going on.”
Before the collapses, Haskell had acknowledged with a quiet “Yes” a couple of questions put to him by State District Judge Mark Kent Ellis about his legal rights. Ellis ordered Haskell held without bond.
“Maybe reality is finally setting in,” said Tammy Thomas, the lead Harris County assistant district attorney in the case. “It’s not television, this is not fiction. He is facing his consequences.”
Thomas said she expected a grand jury to issue a capital murder indictment as a result of Wednesday’s fatal shootings of Stephen and Katie Stay and four of their children, ranging in age from 4 to 14.