Texas Shooter Demanded to Know Where Ex Was
Suspect Ron Haskell attacked own mother last week
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2014 4:01 AM CDT
Updated Jul 11, 2014 7:58 AM CDT
This booking photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office shows Ronald Lee Haskell.    (AP Photo/Harris County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Cassidy Stay, the 15-year-old girl who saved her grandparents from the gunman who massacred the rest of her family, is expected to make a full recovery from the gunshot wound that fractured her skull, her grandfather says. "We are in awe of her bravery and courage in calling 911, an act that is likely to have saved all of our lives. She is our hero," says her grandfather, the father of Katie Stay, who was shot dead in a Houston suburb on Wednesday along with her husband Stephen and their children Bryan, 13; Emily, 9; Rebecca, 7; and Zach, 4. Ron Haskell was the couple's estranged brother-in law, and the AP reports that he shot the family after they refused to tell him where his ex-wife was. Katie Stay was his ex's sister. More:

  • Documents from yesterday's preliminary court hearing show that Cassidy tried to close the door after telling Haskell her parents were not home; he allegedly kicked it in.
  • Haskell, 33, who has been charged with multiple counts of capital murder, has a long history of violence, KHOU finds. Court records from Utah show there were violent incidents in his 11-year marriage. He was arrested for domestic violence after hitting his wife in front of two of their four children in 2008 and there was a mutual restraining order in place after their divorce went through on February 14 this year.
  • Neighbors said Haskell's marriage was so rocky that Stay went to Utah last fall to help her sister escape the relationship and start a new life in Texas. Stay "was very instrumental in helping her sister get here so she could have a fresh start. Katie's a spitfire," said the Stays' neighbor.
  • Haskell was accused of attacking his mother in California just last week, reports Click2Houston. She told police that after she made contact with his ex-wife, he became furious and forced her into the garage, where he yelled at her, tried to choke her, and left her tied up in a chair for four hours. A temporary restraining order was granted and a court hearing was scheduled for July 25.

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Jaye
Jul 13, 2014 11:03 AM CDT
Why screw around with court when we know who did it. Hang him, prison is too good.
Evonne Todd
Jul 11, 2014 7:36 PM CDT
I really hope he does not take the insanity defense. With his violent history--do not understand how this could happen again and again--now taking so many lives away
Lefty_Libby
Jul 11, 2014 6:29 PM CDT
There is no such thing as domestic violence. There is only the crime of felony assault. This guy assaulted his wife six years ago in 2008; and, very recently assaulted his own mother by choking her and tying her up for four hours (false imprisonment). When this country stops treating primarily female relatives of men like we are property of men under the Family Court System, this crap will end. He had a restraining order on him. Really? How quaint. Don't worry about Sharia Law coming to the USA. It's already here. It's called the Family Court System.