Funeral planned for eight family members shot this month in Houston

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 17, 2015 9:13 AM

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A memorial service and funeral are planned on Monday for the two adults and six children fatally shot more than a week ago in their Houston-area home.

David Conley, 48, has been charged with capital murder for shooting his former girlfriend, her husband and the six children, who included a child Conley and Jackson had together named Nathan. The service will be held at a Houston church

Prosecutors said they are likely to seek the death penalty.

Conley slipped into the home through a window, tied up the eight people and shot them all in the head, according to an indictment presented at a Houston court.

After a standoff with sheriff's deputies called to the house by a relative of one of the victims concerned about the family's welfare, the suspect fired on officers when they entered the home, it said.

Deputies went to the house four times within a period of nine hours on Aug. 8, the day of the shooting, after receiving numerous calls to check on the family, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

In addition to Nathaniel Conley, authorities identified the slain children as Honesty Jackson, 11, Dwayne Jackson, 10, Caleb Jackson, 9, Trinity Jackson, 7, and Jonah Jackson, 6.

A page set up for the funeral has raised nearly $30,000 to cover expenses.

(Reporting by Dan Spellman in Houston; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Lisa Lambert)