DALLAS (AP) — Friends of a Texas man accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife and seven others at a house party say he became increasingly isolated as his marriage dissolved and his unemployment lingered.
They told The Dallas Morning News that 32-year-old Spencer Hight's despondency and drunkenness grew far worse after he separated earlier this year from Meredith Hight, who filed for divorce in July.
Meredith Hight was hosting a party Sept. 10 at the home the couple used to share in Plano, north of Dallas, when authorities say her estranged husband appeared and opened fire.
Authorities say a responding officer confronted Spencer Hight and shot and killed him.
Hight had been friends with many at the party, with one of the victims serving as a groomsman at the couple's 2011 wedding.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com