Family of Shooting Victims Speaks Out

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

A family in pain came together Thursday to remember two men taken too soon.

"It just hasn't sunk in yet," Daniel Weichert, the brother of victim David Weichert said. "When you see it on television you don't think it's going to happen to you and your family. It's just tragic. I regret anybody having to go through this."

Officials say Myron Douglas Phillips, 35, fatally shot his stepchildren's grandfather and father, David Weichert Sr., 62, and David (D.J.) Weichert Jr., 35, outside their home early Wednesday morning. Phillips then took police on a 12 hour manhunt, before he surrendered peacefully.

D.J.'s 12-year-old daughter, 10-year-old son, and wife were at home at the time. It's unclear whether they saw their family members die.

"If the police didn't show up when they did I believe everybody would be gone," Daniel Weichert said.

Officials say a heated custody battle may have sparked the shootings. The Burleson County Attorney tells News Three D.J. had full custody of the children and a protective order barred Phillips from any contact with the kids.

"When the people they love more than anyone, and were taken care of them are taken from them, it's not fair," Lisa Konatli, David Weichert's sister, said.

Even though a tragedy has rocked this close-knit family, remembering the good times, seemed to ease the pain.

"He lived for the kids," Daniel Weichert said. "David grew up hard. We all grew up hard, but most of all he protected his family and went down protecting his family. He (D.J.) was a good father, a devoted father, I mean that's the main thing on both of their minds, always protecting their kids."

A memorial fund for the Weichert family has been set up at Citizens State Bank. We're told the funeral is tentatively set for Monday at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell.

Phillips has been charged with two counts of capital murder.

Even before Wednesday's event, Phillips has had a numbers of run-ins with the law.

He was convicted of two DWI cases in the early 90's in Harris County.

Phillips was also sentenced to five years in prison for armed robbery after holding a family at gunpoint in a Houston Mall Parking lot. However, it's unclear how much time he actually served of that sentence.

Phillips also has charges pending for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child from an incident that allegedly happened in 2006.

He had a hearing scheduled for that sexual assault case yesterday in Houston. Officials believe that charge and a heated custody battle may have sparked the shooting spree.

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