Ronald Haskell Murders Six Family Members
Ronald Haskell was found guilty of murdering six members of his wife’s family in Texas. Court documents show that Haskell had travelled from California to Texas looking for his ex-wife.
Haskell would disguise himself as a delivery driver and would force his way into his wife’s sister home before tying up a teenager and waiting for the rest of her family to come home. When they did arrive six people would be shot point blank in the head. The victims included five children with only one surviving the massacre
Haskell lawyers would say that he was insane at the time of the brutal attack however the Texan jury would convict him on all six murders in the end. Now it is up to a sentencing hearing to determine whether or not Ronald Haskell will receive the death penalty.
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Ronald Haskell 2020 Information
|Date of Birth||08/26/1980|
|Age (when Received)||39|
|Education Level (Highest Grade Completed)||12|
|Date of Offense||07/09/2014|
|Age (at the time of Offense)||33|
|Height (in Feet and Inches)||5′10″|
|Weight (in Pounds)||300|
|Native County||San Diego|
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Just moments after receiving a death sentence, Ronald Haskell locked eyes with the lone survivor of his shooting spree.
“I hope that when you die, you will get the punishment you deserve from God,” said Cassidy Stay, who was 15 when her former uncle gunned down her family in July 2014 in their Spring home. “Your game is up.”
Cassidy’s emotional victim impact statement capped almost seven weeks of testimony in the execution-style shooting deaths of her mother, father and four younger siblings — a massacre that prosecutors argued was motivated by revenge against Katie Stay, 34, for helping her sister, Haskell’s ex-wife — escape their abusive marriage.
Cassidy, now 20, was the only person to walk out of the blood-soaked living room, where the Stay family — Katie, Stephen, 39, Bryan, 13, Emily, 9, and Zachary, 4 — died. Rebecca Stay, 7 succumbed to her injuries after a helicopter flight to the hospital.
In late September, the panel rejected an insanity defense and found Haskell guilty of capital murder. They took four hours to deliberate between life in prison without parole or a death sentence.
“Our community has rendered their verdict about what they think about this defendant, whose name I will not repeat, and what they will do when the ultimate crime is committed,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a news briefing after the trial. “They followed the law, they looked at the evidence and they rendered a just verdict.”
This is the first death penalty sentence sought, and won, by Ogg’s office.
“I feel a lot of relief,” Cassidy Stay said, as she stood beside Ogg and was surrounded by members of her large Mormon family, who wore purple in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “I feel like justice is finally going to be served. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about it anymore.”
Jurors spent almost an hour after the trial speaking with family members in the courtroom, hugging and crying.
Prosecutors revisited the horrific scene on Friday, drilling home assertions that Haskell was a narcissist aiming to hurt anyone who helped his ex-wife.
During closing arguments, prosecutor Samantha Knecht placed seven spent shell casings on the jury box, calling out the names of each victim. She then lay 21 unspent casings and assigned a name to each bullet, signifying other family members. Knecht wanted jurors to know that these were the other people Haskell intended to kill, had he not been caught. To her, an unfinished plan was enough for a death sentence.
“If not this, then what?” she asked.
Defense attorneys urged jurors to move past their emotions and focus on the facts. They argued that Haskell’s mental health should be a sufficiently mitigating factor to preclude him from a death sentence.
His attorneys had unsuccessfully argued that hallucinatory voices guided him to kill the Stay family so he could reunite with his ex-wife. They claimed he didn’t know his actions were wrong.
Haskell’s defense argued for life in prison, relying on a forensic psychiatrist who testified he had a “very low” probability of committing any future acts of violence.
“We know from the evidence that he’s not a future danger,” defense attorney Neal Davis III said. “You cannot have vengeance as part of your decision.”
Prosecutor Lauren Bard denied those assertions. She called Haskell a “selfish, narcissist, blame-shifting monster,” and cited his previous statements that signaled no remorse and called the children “collateral damage.”
Haskell was determined to kill Katie Stay, the protective sibling who helped Melannie Lyon flee with her four children after more than a decade of physical and emotional abuse, Bard said.
Jurors became intimately familiar with the Haskells’ marriage. Lyon said she stayed in her marriage so long only because her husband threatened to kill her family if she left.
Lyon placed her head against Cassidy’s as Judge George Powell read the verdict.