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HOUSTON (AP) — 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.

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