Mom Who Killed Daughters Purposely Left Dad Alive

She wanted him to suffer the memory of their deaths, police say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2016 3:13 PM CDT
Updated Jun 30, 2016 12:21 AM CDT
Mom Who Killed Daughters Purposely Left Dad Alive
Madison and Taylor Sheats.   (Facebook)

Authorities say a Houston-area mother who fatally shot her two daughters did not target her estranged husband because she "wanted him to suffer" the memory of their deaths, the AP reports. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said during a news conference Wednesday that Christy Sheats "had ample time" Friday to shoot Jason Sheats after she called a family meeting at their home west of Houston. Nehls says Jason Sheats thought his wife meant to announce their divorce to the couple's daughters. Instead, she drew a handgun and shot 17-year-old Madison Sheats and 22-year-old Taylor Sheats.

The daughters were able to flee the home with their father, but Christy Sheats followed them out and shot her eldest daughter again. A responding officer later shot and killed her. Jason Sheats was not injured. The murders occurred on his birthday, and just days before Taylor's planned wedding; Christy Sheats reportedly told her husband she was killing their daughters to punish him. Police have released the heart-wrenching 911 calls, in which Madison and Taylor can be heard begging their mom not to shoot. (Read more murder stories.)

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