*When Houston police answered the call to check on a family in the 2100 block of Falling Oaks, they probably weren’t expecting to find eight people inside…dead. But when they attempted to enter the home, a man inside–later identified as David Ray Conley, 49, began shooting at them.
Conley, a serial criminal, has been charged with one count of capital murder.
According to KHOU-TV, deputies had arrived at the scene of the murder after they learned of a man inside the home that was wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault on a family member, according to Harris County Sheriff spokesman, Deputy Thomas Gilliland.
Gilliland says that it was while the deputies retreated in their attempts to enter the home, and were waiting for a High Risk Operations Unit (HROU) to arrive, they noticed the body of a juvenile through a window, and four officers forced their way into the home.
The murder was allegedly committed by Conley, the ex-husband of the woman who lived in the home with her new husband and five children. Conley, still inside, emerged from the home after an hour-long stand-off with authorities; including the Hostage Negotiation Team.
Among the victims were Conley’s ex-wife, 40-year-old Valerie Jackson, her 50-year-old husband, Dwayne Jackson and their five children: Jonah, 6, Trinity, 7, Caleb, 9, Dwayne Jr., 10 and 11-year-old Honesty.
The 13-year-old son of David Ray Conley, named Nathaniel, was also among the dead.
Though many details in this incident are muddy, what we do know is that court records reveal that Conley’s criminal history dates back to at least 1988.
It appears Conley was living in the home where the murders took place as late as last month; and at some point, returned to the home to find that the locks had been changed.
According to prosecutors, Conley told investigators that he used metal handcuffs to restrain the eight people in the home on Saturday, before shooting them in the back of the head.
The murders shocked the entire neighborhood. According to 19-year-old Alan Cartagena, who had been attending a BBQ a few houses down from the murder scene, “Cops were walking around with their handguns out, telling people to remain in their houses.”
Watch Harris County Sheriff spokesman, Deputy Thomas Gilliland, address the media in the video below.