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.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.