(Melissa Phillip | Houston Chronicle via AP) Ronald Lee Haskell sits with his head down as a photo of the Stay family is shown during the sentencing phase for Haskell Thursday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Houston. Haskell was convicted of capital murder in the 2014 massacre that killed six of his ex-wife’s family members. A jury sentenced to death Haskell who fatally shot the members of his ex-wife’s family in Texas. Jurors on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, decided Haskell would be a future danger to society and rejected arguments by Haskell’s attorneys that his history of mental illness should spare him the lethal injection. Houston • A man who prosecutors say was driven by vengeance when he fatally shot six members of his ex-wife’s family in Texas, including four children, was on Friday sentenced to death.
Jurors sentenced Ronald Lee Haskell after deliberating for little more than four hours. The jury had to choose between life in prison without parole or a death sentence.
The same jury last month convicted Haskell of capital murder in the 2014 killings of Stephen and Katie Stay at their home in suburban Houston. The jury rejected his attorneys’ efforts to have him found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Haskell killed the couple and four of their children in the living room of their suburban Houston home in 2014. A fifth child, 15-year-old Cassidy Stay, was shot in the head but she survived by playing dead.
During closing arguments in the punishment phase of Haskell’s trial earlier […]