HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – David Conley, 48, told Harris County Sheriff’s investigators that he broke into his former home and killed eight people, according to a Harris County prosecutor.
During probable cause court Sunday, a prosecutor recounted Conley’s statement to investigators that he broke in through an open window after the woman he formerly lived with, Valerie Jackson, changed the locks on the doors.
The prosecutor went on to say Conley told investigators that he restrained eight people inside with metal handcuffs, including Jackson and a 6-year-old boy, and shot them in the back of the head.
Doctors at the scene of the 2200 block of Falling Oaks, near Veterans Memorial and Fallbrook Drive, said all eight victims suffered gunshot wounds to the head and died at the scene, the prosecutor noted.
Conley, who didn’t appear in court, has been charged with three counts of capital murder and had bond denied–one capital murder count covers multiple deaths, another is for a person under 6 years old, according to court records. He was wanted on a warrant assault on a family member and is now being held in the Harris County Jail.
Conley was arrested Saturday evening after a standoff with police in the 2200 block of Falling Oaks, not far from Veterans Memorial and Fallbrook Drive, after Harris County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the home for a welfare check.
After the standoff, deputies found six children and two adults dead inside the home.
The sheriff’s office held a press conference Sunday afternoon. Chief deputy Tim Cannon said the incident is a tragedy with which the community is all too familiar.
“We’re here today on a very sad day,” Cannon said. “We’re here with our brothers in arms standing behind us because we’re all hurting. It’s a difficult day for us at the sheriff’s office. Once again, a tragedy has struck…our city. Our hearts go out to those…affected by this tragedy.”
HCSO Spokesman Thomas Gilliland said when deputies arrived, no one responded at the front door. They then received more information that indicated a man in the home was wanted on a warrant.
The sergeant on the scene called for a High Risk Operations Unit, similar to SWAT, to help make entry and investigate. While the call was being placed, deputies surrounded the home, and they spotted the body of a juvenile through a window.
At that point, the sergeant and three deputies forced their way in, and Conley began shooting, the sheriff’s office says. Deputies pulled back and waited for the HROU and a negotiator to arrive.
Authorities established contact with the Conley, and after more than an hour he came outside and surrendered without further incident.
The bodies of eight people were found in the home, Gilliland said.