Accused Texas Shooter Collapses in Court
Prosecutors say they're seeking capital murder indictment
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 11, 2014 12:33 PM CDT
This booking photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office shows Ronald Lee Haskell.   (AP Photo/Harris County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – When the charges against him were read in a Texas courtroom today, Ron Lee Haskell collapsed. The accused killer of six was standing shackled between two guards at the time. The guards lowered him to a sitting position on the floor, then hoisted him onto a desk chair and wheeled him out of court, CNN reports. A while later a freely standing Haskell returned to hear the judge set his arraignment for August 14.

Prosecutors told the court that they were seeking a grand jury capital murder indictment against Haskell, and speculated that he had collapsed because it had finally sunk in that "this is real and there are real consequences," KHOU reports. Haskell's lawyers said that he is mentally ill, and wasn't fully aware of what he had done. Click for more on the tragic case.

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KDickley
Jul 15, 2014 1:09 PM CDT
Too bad the reason he collapsed in court wasn't a bullet to the back of his head.
Box1Car
Jul 13, 2014 2:23 AM CDT
Let's bring back the mental institutions so the criminally insane won't be amongst us. When Reagan closed down most of the mental institutions in the 1980s we were warned that we'd all suffer from POS like this run amuck when they could've been under control
iq145
Jul 12, 2014 2:34 PM CDT
It suddenly hit him and he realized: All he managed to do is lose a wife and will now have a husband! Adios, porky! Don't forget to oink, like in Deliverance.