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Crime Ronald Lee Haskell Sentenced to Death for Executing Ex-Wife’s Family

01:30  12 october  2019
01:30  12 october  2019 Source:   thedailybeast.com

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Ronald Lee Haskell , 39, was convicted in the 2014 killings of Stephen and Katie Stay and four of their five children in Spring, Texas. Authorities said he entered the Stays' home on July 9, 2014, demanding to know the whereabouts of his estranged wife , Melannie Haskell . She was not there, but her sister

Ronald Lee Haskell (Harris County Sheriff’ s Dept.) Jurors will next hear evidence in the trial’ s punishment phase before deciding whether to After the shooting at the Stays’ home, Haskell tried going to the houses of his ex - wife ’ s parents and brother, but officers took him into custody after a

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Ronald Lee Haskell, 39, was found guilty last month for the July 2014 massacre of Katie Stay, 34, her 39-year-old husband, Stephen, and four of their five children inside their suburban Houston home.

Prosecutors argued at trial that Haskell was seeking revenge against anyone who helped his ex-wife, Melannie Lyon, after their bitter divorce when he drove from California to Texas to carry out the execution.

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The only survivor of the bloodbath, 19-year-old Cassidy Stay, put her head down and cried in the courtroom’s front row as the sentencing was read. Stay, the sole survivor of the massacre, previously told jurors she played dead after Haskell shot her in the head, then called police as he headed to her grandparents’ house to continue killing.

“[Haskell] is a manipulator, he is a liar, he won’t change, and quite frankly, he doesn’t want to change,” Harris County Assistant District Attorney Samantha Knecht said Friday at his sentencing hearing.

The emotional two-day hearing included testimony from Haskell’s older brother. The jury deliberated for less than five hours before determining his sentence, which begins immediately.

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A jury in Houston is deliberating whether to sentence Ronald Lee Haskell to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole after convicting His attorneys said Haskell heard voices that told him to kill his ex - wife ’ s family . Durham urged jurors to consider “compassion and forgiveness” instead of

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During his trial, Haskell’s defense attorneys did not deny the 39-year-old committed the crime, arguing instead that he was driven to kill by his mental-health problems and the voices in his head.

At the sentencing hearing, attorney Neal Davis fought for Haskell’s life— arguing in his closing statement he deserves to “die in prison” and spend the rest of his life thinking about his crimes. Doug Durham, another defense attorney, slammed prosecutors for seeing a sentence based on “anger, hatred, fear, vengeance because of this terrible, terrible crime.”

“Sentencing him to death would be an act of vengeance, not justice,” Davis said Friday.

Robert Haskell, the convicted killer’s older brother, told jurors he believes his sibling “still has good in him” and won’t be a future danger to society if he is sentenced to life in prison. “I think that Ronnie can help other people,” Robert Haskell said, adding that his brother had expressed remorse for the slayings over the phone. “I don’t think he has a full understanding of the actual events that transpired.”

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Ronald Lee Haskell , 33, faces the death penalty for multiple counts of capital murder. The heavy-set blond man was in the custody of the Harris Haskell forced his way into the home of his ex - wife ’ s sister in Houston by dressing as a FedEx delivery man, according to police. Police said he first

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A forensic psychologist also testified during the sentencing hearing, saying he predicted a “very low” likelihood Haskell would commit future acts of violence.

Knecht argued against the mentally ill defense on Friday, calling the death sentence “the moment of justice” for the Stay family, while placing bullet casings for each of the six victims in front of the jury.

“This is a case about a plan. A plan that was created in anger and fueled by vengeance. But the plan is not complete,” Kent said before placing 20 more bullets to signify the other people Haskell wanted to kill.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that Haskell carefully planned the slayings, even purchasing a FedEx uniform to wear as a disguise in order to gain entry to the Stay family’s residence. Haskell also allegedly made a pit stop in Utah to steal a gun from his ex-girlfriend, and then purchased over 200 rounds of ammo.

On July 9, 2014, after stalking the Stay home for two days, Haskell knocked on the door dressed in his FedEx outfit, prosecutors recounted to the jury on Friday. Cassidy Stay, then 15, previously testified in court she opened the door and told Haskell her parents were not home.

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Ronald Lee Haskell is behind the slaying of his sister-in-law and her family in Texas on July 9. Ron shot six out of seven people in the Stay family This is such a tragedy — your ex -husband killing your sister and her family . Ron allegedly kept his five innocent nieces and nephews — ranging from ages

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The 39-year-old left, only to return an hour later and force himself inside the house. Cassidy Stay testified that she was tied up and held at gunpoint with her siblings when her parents finally arrived.

“I went through and told him my brothers and sisters names and ages. I was appealing to his humanity. I didn’t think someone would hurt kids if they knew how old they were,” Stay told jurors.

Cassidy Stay testified her family was forced to lay down in a row before Haskell began shooting them in the head. When he fled, Stay said she immediately called the police, who apprehended Haskell near her grandparents’ home.

Lyon, 38, said the moment she heard about the murders, she knew her ex-husband was responsible.

“He had carried through on the promise to make me watch my family die,” said Lyon, who had been married to Haskell for 12 years before she left their Utah home in 2013.

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