Investigation into double murder leads to veteran turned teacher

A neighborhood Halloween party here in Texas turned deadly when two men were shot and killed on Oct. 23. After some investigation, authorities arrested an Air Force veteran who then became a teacher at a middle school in his area. He now faces capital murder charges in connection with the deaths.

A 911 call came in at approximately 4 a.m. on the day in question. The caller heard the shots and waited until they had subsided before opening the door. He reported that a white male was hitting one of the victims — who was lying on the ground — with the butt of a rifle. He yelled at the man to stop, at which point the weapon was pointed at the caller.

The accused Texas man then reportedly took his 1-year-old child to a neighbor and admitted that he had just killed two people. He then supposedly told his wife to clean up blood in his gun cabinet. She also reportedly told police that he admitted to her that he killed the two men.

The next morning, he went to work as if nothing had happened. Police arrested him that same afternoon. Reports do not indicate why the accused man would have wanted the victims dead.

A key question that does not yet seem to have an answer is why he would kill the two men. Even though this is not necessarily required in order to charge or try the man, many people are more than likely asking this question right now. If all of the evidence gathered during the investigation, witness statements and statements made by the accused man are to be believed, this man could be facing an uphill battle in connection with the capital murder charges he is facing. Regardless, he still has rights that must be followed by both law enforcement officials and prosecutors, and a legal advocate could be of benefit to him.

Source:, “Cary Heath: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know“, Tom Cleary, Oct. 26, 2016