Texas Man, 54, Is Sentenced To Life Without Parole For Shooting Dead His Ex Girlfriend, Her Husband And Six Children Including One Of His Own

A jury on Thursday convicted a man of capital murder in the 2015 shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her husband and six children, including his own son

  • David Conley, 54, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the fatal Houston shootings. His trial lasted two days 

  • Prosecutors didn't pursue the death penalty against Conley, as state and defense experts concluded that he qualified as a person with an intellectual disability 

  • Conley admitted to killing the whole family in a video recording that was played for jurors of an interview with homicide detectives

  • All eight were shot in the head one at a time after Conley held the family hostage 

  • Nathaniel was Conley's son from his relationship with Valerie Jackson, while the Jacksons were the parents of the other five children, authorities said 

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    A jury on Thursday convicted a man of capital murder in the 2015 shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her husband, in a fatal mass shooting that also left six children, including his own son, dead inside a Houston-area home.

    David Conley, 54, was sentenced to life in prison without parole. His trial lasted only two days.

    Prosecutors didn't pursue the death penalty against Conley, as state and defense experts concluded that he qualified as a person with an intellectual disability.

    Conley was convicted in the August 8, 2015 deaths of Valerie Jackson, 40, and her husband, Dwayne Jackson, 50, at the couple's home in northwestern Harris County. 

    Prosecutors also charged him in the deaths of the children - Nathaniel, 13, Dewayne, 10, Honesty, 11, Caleb, 9, Trinity, 7, and Jonah, 6.

    David Conley, pictured in court Thursday, was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Tuesday

    David Conley, pictured in court Thursday, was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Tuesday 

    Pictured: Conley's ex-girlfriend Valerie Jackson, 40, was among the eight family members killed during the fatal 2015 mass shooting

    Pictured: Conley's ex-girlfriend Valerie Jackson, 40, was among the eight family members killed during the fatal 2015 mass shooting

    Prosecutors charged him in the deaths of the children - Nathaniel, 13, Dewayne, 10, Honesty, 11, Caleb, 9, Trinity, 7, and Jonah, 6 - but he was not tried for their killings

    Prosecutors charged him in the deaths of the children - Nathaniel, 13, Dewayne, 10, Honesty, 11, Caleb, 9, Trinity, 7, and Jonah, 6 - but he was not tried for their killings

    Caleb Jackson, 9, pictured, was among the eight family members shot dead by David Conley Jonah Jackson, pictured, was just 6-years-old at the time of his death

    Caleb Jackson, 9, pictured left, was among the eight family members shot dead by David Conley, while Jonah Jackson, pictured right, was just 6-years-old at the time of his death

    Conley admitted to killing the whole family in a video recording of an interview with homicide detectives, that was played for jurors.

    Nathaniel was Conley's son from his relationship with Valerie Jackson, while the Jacksons were the parents of the other five children, authorities said. 

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    All of the victims were shot in the head, one at a time, after Conley held the family hostage, according to authorities. 

    On the first day of Conley's trial, Valerie Jackson's mother, Barbara Yankse, told jurors that her daughter had sent her Facebook messages just before the family was killed. 

    Yankse testified that her daughter had repeatedly messaged her '911' and sent another message that read 'DVD has a gun,' implying that Conley had a gun. 

    Trinity Jackson, pictured, was only 7-years-old at the time of her death

    Trinity Jackson, pictured, was only 7-years-old at the time of her death

    Pictured: Nathaniel Conley, Conley's 13-year-old son who he also killed during his fatal 2015 shooting rampage at his ex-girlfriend's home

    Pictured: Nathaniel Conley, Conley's 13-year-old son who he also killed during his fatal 2015 shooting rampage at his ex-girlfriend's home

    On the second day of the two-day trial, jurors viewed photos of the killings that showed the victims' handcuffed and restrained bodies strewn about their home. 

    Conley, who had a history of domestic violence, had no reaction to the gruesome images being displayed in the courtroom, according to ABC 13.

    After the shooting, family members of the Jacksons criticized authorities for not entering the home sooner and questioned why it took deputies four visits and repeated 911 calls before they went inside.

    Investigators said that they didn't have enough information to go into the home until they saw the body of one of the children through a window.

    Conley was convicted in the August 8, 2015 deaths of his ex Valerie Jackson and her husband, Dwayne Jackson, 50, pictured, at the couple's home in northwestern Harris County Prosecutors didn't pursue death penalty against Conley, as experts found that he qualified as a person with an intellectual disability

    Conley was convicted in the August 8, 2015 deaths of his ex Valerie Jackson and her husband, Dwayne Jackson, 50, pictured, at the couple's home in northwestern Harris County

    Pictured: the Houston home where eight people were killed is shown on August 9, 2015

    Pictured: the Houston home where eight people were killed is shown on August 9, 2015

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