Man charged in southeast Texas family slaying

BELLVILLE, Texas (AP) - Authorities have charged a 20-year-old man with capital murder in the shooting deaths of five family members, including his 2-year-old niece who also was decapitated.

Maron Thomas remains jailed under a $1 million bond, accused in the deaths of his mother, stepfather, sister, brother and niece.

Investigators said Wednesday that an ongoing family dispute led to the shootings, but they declined to give additional details.

The bodies of the five individuals were discovered Sunday in their single-story brick home in Bellville, a town of about 4,000 people 55 miles northwest of Houston.

Thomas was arrested about 3 a.m. Sunday after a homeowner pulled
a gun on him after he broke into a vehicle and tried to break into a home 1½ miles from where the murders took place.


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