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Man confesses to killing girlfriend, her husband and six children

Crime WorldBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
VICTIM: Jonah Jackson
VICTIM: Jonah Jackson
VICTIM: Nathaniel Conley
VICTIM: Nathaniel Conley
VICTIM:  Trinity Jackson
VICTIM: Trinity Jackson
VICTIM: Caleb Jackson
VICTIM: Caleb Jackson
VICTIM: Honesty Jackson
VICTIM: Honesty Jackson
VICTIM: Dwayne Jackson
VICTIM: Dwayne Jackson

A brutal killer who admitted gunning down his girlfriend, her husband and six kids told reporters that he loved his son who he allegedly handcuffed and shot.

48-year-old David Conley said he loved his 13-year-old son Nate.

“I love Nate to death.”

“Nate didn’t give me any respect because of what his mother was doing to me,” he added. “She was cheating on me.”

David Conley

Conley blamed his girlfriend Valeria Jackson, saying that she wasn’t doing a good job raising the kids.

Valeria Jackson

“They were growing up to be monsters, they were disrespectful, rude in school. I’m not saying they’re dead because of that. I’m not even saying I killed them.”

Conley also blamed Valerie’s husband Dwayne.

Dewayne Jackson

“Dewayne was a monster and Valerie, she was no Good Samaritan either, they did evil things all the time,” he said.

Conley been charged with capital murder and faces life in prison for the second time in 13-years .

In 2002, he was charged with felony retaliation against Valerie and, due to two previous felony convictions, could have gotten 25 years to life behind bars.

His victims were all shot in the head:

Dewayne Jackson, 50; his wife, Valerie Jackson, 40; and their children Dewayne, 10; Honesty, 11; Caleb, nine; Trinity, seven; and Jonah, six.

Most of the victims had been handcuffed and some had been shot multiple times, police have said.

"We do not - cannot - fully comprehend the motivation of an individual that would take the lives of so many innocent people. Especially the lives of the young ones," said chief deputy Tim Cannon of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

"The killer's motives appear to be related to a dispute with Valerie, who was his former domestic partner."

Ms Anderson said it would be three to four months before she decides whether to seek the death penalty.

The request from Valerie Jackson's mother on Saturday sent officres to the home in north-west Houston.

"Upon arrival, deputies made multiple attempts to establish contact with residents inside the home. No contact was made," Mr Cannon said.

After authorities learned that Conley, who had once lived in the home, had a warrant for his arrest for an assault charge, the sheriff's office High Risk Operations Unit was called.

"While awaiting response for the (unit), the body of an unidentified child was observed through a window at the residence," he said. "Deputies on scene forced entry into the home and were immediately met with gunfire. The deputies withdrew from the home ... and awaited the arrival of the" unit.

A stand-off ensued for several hours until Conley surrendered, said Sergeant Craig Clopton, the lead investigator.

Investigators declined to say when on Saturday the victims were shot or if any victims were alive when deputies first tried to enter the home.

According to an arrest affidavit, Conley told authorities that he discovered on Saturday morning that the locks had been changed at the home after he had moved out. He entered the home through an unlocked window, the affidavit said.

According to Sgt Clopton, Valerie Jackson and Conley had a relationship, which ended, and "then (Dewayne Jackson) began a relationship with Valerie, which led to five children".

That relationship ended and Conley and Valerie Jackson began another relationship, before breaking up again, Sgt Clopton said.

Court records show Conley's criminal history dates back to at least 1988, with the most recent incident last month, when he was charged with assault after allegedly assaulting Valerie Jackson at the home where the bodies were found.