Funerals Set For Family Of Five Killed In Belville

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BELLVILLE, Texas (AP) - The funeral is Saturday for the four
adults and one child discovered slain Jan. 17 in Bellville.

Austin County sheriff's Sgt. Paul Faircloth has said the
youngest victim, a 2-year-old girl, was decapitated.

A 20-year-old relative is charged with capital murder. Maron
Thomas remains jailed with bail set at $1 million.

His sister, Khalilah Phearse of Houston, whose mother,
stepfather, two siblings and niece were killed, says "we haven't
gotten any closure." She wants to know what led to the shootings.

Another sister, Ka'Tara Price of Houston, believes religion
played a role. She says the family was Christian and Maron Thomas
turned Muslim within the past two years.

Investigators have said a family dispute was involved and
declined further comment. The case is expected to go to a grand
jury Feb. 24.

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