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In the Wake of Murders, Do Domestic Violence Laws Go Far Enough?

Earlier this week, David Ray Conley was charged with three counts of capital murder, after he allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend Valerie Jackson, her husband, and six children Saturday inside a home north of Houston, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Tim Cannon said the motive seems to be a dispute between the […]

David Ray Conley Charged Domestic Violence

Earlier this week, David Ray Conley was charged with three counts of capital murder, after he allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend Valerie Jackson, her husband, and six children Saturday inside a home north of Houston, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Tim Cannon said the motive seems to be a dispute between the suspect and his ex-girlfriend, coupled with Conley’s personal problems. Conley is being held without bail at the Harris County Jail. It’s not Conley’s first brush with the law. According to the Houston Chronicle, Jackson filed assault charges against Conley in 2000 but later recanted and then accused an ex-boyfriend of the crime. The Chronicle also reports Child Protective Services allegations dating as far back as four years in connection with Jackson, her husband Dwayne Jackson and her ex-boyfriend, Conley.

With Conley and the victims on the radar of both law enforcement and CPS over the years, could these deaths have been prevented? When it comes to domestic violence, do the systems and laws in place do enough to spot the warning signs and prevent a potentially volatile family member from committing acts of domestic violence? We talk it over with Gloria Terry, CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence.

(Above: Sgt. Craig Clopton, at the podium, is surrounded by fellow members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office during a press conference Sunday. David Ray Conley, 48, has been charged with murder in the slaying of a family in northwest Harris County.)

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