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HOUSTON (AP) — A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a contentious relationship with the mother, authorities said Sunday.

David Conley, 48, was charged with capital murder in the deaths. Most of the victims had been handcuffed and some had been shot multiple times, said Sgt. Craig Clopton, the lead investigator for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The dead were identified as Dewayne Jackson, 50; his wife, Valerie Jackson, 40; and their children Dewayne, 10; Honesty, 11; Caleb, 9; Trinity, 7; and Jonah, 6. Also killed was a 13-year-old, Nathaniel, who was believed to be Conley’s son from the relationship with Valerie Jackson. The sheriff’s office had earlier said that there were three adults and five children killed.

“We do not — cannot — fully comprehend the motivation of an individual that would take the lives of so many innocent people. Especially the lives of the young ones,” said Chief Deputy Tim Cannon of the sheriff’s office. “The killer’s motives appear to be related to a dispute with Valerie, who was his former domestic partner.”

Conley, who is being held in Harris County Jail, didn’t appear at a court hearing Sunday where an arrest affidavit was read. The judge denied him bond.

Authorities were first alerted about a problem at the home when a relative of Valerie Jackson’s contacted the sheriff’s office to conduct a welfare check.

“Upon arrival, deputies made multiple attempts to establish contact with residents inside the home. No contact was made during the primary attempts to investigate the welfare of those residents,” Cannon said.

After authorities learned that Conley, who had once lived in the home, had a warrant for his arrest for an assault charge, the sheriff’s office High Risk Operations Unit was called.

“While awaiting response for the (unit), the body of an unidentified child was observed through a window at the residence,” he said. “Deputies on scene forced entry into the home and were immediately met with gunfire. The deputies withdrew from the home … and awaited the arrival of the” unit.

A standoff ensued for several hours between Conley and authorities until Conley surrendered, said Clopton.

Investigators declined to say when on Saturday the victims were shot or if any victims were alive when deputies first tried to enter the home.

Conley told authorities that he discovered on Saturday morning that the locks had been changed at the home after he had moved out. He entered the home through an unlocked window, according to the affidavit.

Court records show Conley’s criminal history dates back to at least 1988, with the most recent incident last month, when was charged with assault. In court documents, authorities said Conley had been arrested for allegedly assaulting Valerie Jackson. The attack happened at the home where the bodies were found; documents say the two were dating.

Court documents said Conley pushed Valerie Jackson’s head against a refrigerator multiple times after she tried to stop him from disciplining her son with a belt. The case was still pending.

In 2013, he was charged with aggravated assault for threatening Jackson with a knife. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine months in the county jail.

In 2000, he was arrested for retaliation, accused of putting a knife to his then-girlfriend, threatening to kill her, her baby and himself. That came after she filed an assault charge against him for cutting her with a knife and punching her in the face. He was sentenced to five years in prison for retaliation. It was unclear if that woman was Valerie Jackson.

Clopton said Valerie Jackson and Conley were in a relationship, which ended, and “then (Dewayne Jackson) began a relationship with Valerie, which led to five children. At some point that relationship ended and the defendant began another relationship with Valerie. At some point that broke down,” Clopton said.

Authorities declined to comment on assault charges Conley had faced in the past in connection with his relationship with Valerie Jackson or say what prompted relatives to worry and request that deputies be sent to the home on Saturday.

The area around the home was cordoned off Sunday, with sheriff’s deputies coming in and out of the house and the medical examiner’s office later removing the bodies.

Neighbor Dalila Mercado said she didn’t know the residents of the house well but would occasionally say hello to Valerie Jackson and see her children waiting to catch the school bus.

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22 thoughts on “Houston Man Kills Ex And Her Whole Family, Including Six Children

  1. Humans are worse than animals
    How can you kill the children so sad and such horrify drama and torture it makes me sick what happened there no words I hope there will be. Karma

  2. Warning to all women: be careful who you have sex with, and who is your “baby daddy.” They will always be part of your life. Like herpes or HIV, you can’t get rid of them, there is no cure. And if you meet a good man later on, the old POS from your past will scare him away or make life miserable for both of you and your kids.

    • Some people can’t let go, just look at OJ Simpson….same scenario as this mass murder. OJ’s pride, jealousy, and desire to control the kids caused him to slaughter his ex-wife Nicole and Ron Goldman, the unlucky waiter who happened to be at Nicole’s house returning her glasses she’d left at the restaurant when OJ came by.

      • psnthersdec on said:

        White men kill their wives in rotation on Investigative Discovery/Dateline allll day/everyday and you still talking about OJ. When OJ was going out the back door, you forgot about Robert Blake was coming in the front door and shot his wife for taking his money.

    • psnthersdec on said:

      It ain’t only about being a unmarried baby daddy. Men kill their wives and kids EVERYDAY. Since when did being married stopped your mate from murdering you. Some husbands take until death do you part to a whole nother level. They put a ring on your hand and a ring around your neck. Stop making this a baby daddy women single woman thang. It goes both ways.

  3. Dorothy Etheredge on said:

    When I was 13 my best friend was killed in same scenerio, an ex of the lady of the house came in and shot everyone to death, even the one child that was his. Im still angry because all he got was life. So all these years he gets to breath, eat and exist, after wiping out innocent children. This brings it Back fresh in ,my mind. I wasnt there because my mom refused to let me go out on a school night. So we will spend tax dollars keeping this coward alive too.

  4. will palmer on said:

    That dude look like he ain’t right…I believe he warned her but she ignored it..and kept giving it up…Damn!!!The power of the ****y

  5. will palmer on said:

    sounds like grown people playing games with each other..and who pays the price..The father of the five kids and of course the kids..I am not condoning his actions but do you think a person would commit such horrific act if that person wasn’t being lead on..

  6. These are the types of crimes whites tend to mostly do while blacks do mostly street crimes. I guess everything is blending nowadays and associations bring son simulation. Sad.

  7. May God have mercy on Valerie, her husband and the children. This piece of shit that murdered this family needs to be put to death in the most inhumane way. He needs to be tortured until he begs to be put to death and then tortured until he dies. Give he life without the possibly at Guantanamo Bay.

  8. Eunice on said:

    Why didn’t this s.o.b. kill himself and get it over with instead of killing all these innocent people. This just goes to prove that he wasn’t anything but a piece of s.ugar h.oney i.ce t.ea to start with. Now we have to feed his ass, keep it warm and cool for the rest of his miserable life. The only thing we need to feed him is bread and water and keep the cell as COLD in the summertime and as HOT in the summer time as possible. If he doesn’t die from that – he’ll wish he would.

  9. specialt757 on said:

    Okay so this guy was definitely on a “suicide by cops” mission, but yet he is still alive? SMH, just don’t get it, guy is killed for a missing license plate, but this deranged lunatic career criminal is locked up, oh the injustice!

    • What’s to understand? Had they gone in with guns blazing, and killed that animal, they’d be looking at arrest, lawsuit, termination and death threats for killing a black man in cold blood, even though they were fired on. Had they locked his ass up and thrown away the key the first few times he acted a fool, then he would have been just another black man getting more time than a white man would have gotten for the same crime. Can’t have it both ways people.

      • This is a murder suspect, not a routine traffic stop. Nobody has protested over a murderer getting killed by police, but nice try injecting your preconceived notions.

      • In my city a man walked up to another man, shot him, in broad daylight mind you, and in front of numerous witnesses. Turned around, got into his car and proceeded to flee. The police were so close they were able to give chase right away. The killer slammed into a baby stroller, killing the baby. Now what do you suppose the protesters were out protesting about the next day? They want the police held responsible for the baby’s death, because, had they not chased the killer, instead of just letting him ride off, he wouldn’t have mowed down the stroller, and the baby would be alive. Now. that’s a preconceived notion for your ass right there doc. I seldom comment on things I know nothing about.

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