The Latest in Texas deaths: Family had troubled history

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Posted: Aug 10, 2015 3:52 PM
The Latest in Texas deaths: Family had troubled history

HOUSTON (AP) — The latest on eight people found dead inside a Houston home (all times CDT):

2:40 p.m.

Neighbors of a family fatally shot in their Houston home say they knew about problems in the household, including a history of prior police visits and a lack of supervision of children.

Eight people were killed at the home, including six children.

Carlos Sanchez lived across the street from the family. Sanchez said Monday police had visited the home several times before and neighbors were aware of a history of domestic violence between the accused killer, David Conley, and the mother of the children, Valerie Jackson.

Sanchez says he would see the youngest child, 6-year-old Jonah, playing in the street with his siblings and no adults around.

Estella Olguin, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services, says her agency had been involved with the family, but she declined to offer more details.

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9:45 a.m.

A district attorney says a woman who was among eight people fatally shot at a Texas home had sent a text to her mother that she was being held at gunpoint.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson told reporters Monday after a court hearing that authorities were alerted of problems at the home by the mother of victim Valerie Jackson. Anderson said Jackson's mother, in another state, called 911.

The man charged with capital murder in the deaths made a brief court appearance Monday. David Conley spoke only to acknowledge his name when asked by the judge. There was no mention of a lawyer either hired or appointed for him.

Anderson said it would be three to four months before authorities decide whether to seek the death penalty.