Suspect in family's shooting deaths collapses in court

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Posted on July 11, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 11 at 12:54 PM

HOUSTON -- Multiple capital murder suspect Ron Haskell collapsed during a hearing Friday morning as his probable cause was read in a Houston courtroom.

Haskell was taken out of the courtroom in a wheel chair. He's accused of fatally shooting six of his ex-wife's family members in their Spring home earlier this week.

In court, prosecutors said Haskell's actions were planned and calculated murders. They are seeking a grand jury capital murder indictment.

But Haskell's court-appointed attorney said his client has a mental illness and wasn't fully aware of what he did.

Prosecutors alleged that Haskell fainted in court because it finally hit him that "this is real and there are real consequences."

Investigators said Haskell shot two adults and their five children execution style on Wednesday evening. One of the kids, a 15-year-old girl, survived the shootings.

A brief chase ensued and ended in a cul-de-sac in a quiet Spring neighborhood approximately three miles away from the crime scene.

Neighbors said Haskell was stone faced and not responding to repeated commands from authorities to surrender.

Haskell was boxed in by a SWAT team for hours before finally giving up. During most of the standoff, Haskell was described as “just sitting in his car."

Investigators believe Haskell was on his way to kill more of his ex's family before he was stopped.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the lone 15-year-old survivor of the shooting. Go here to donate.

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