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. (Read more Ron Lee Haskell stories.)