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4 killed during robbery at Texas home; 3 arrested

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Three men were arrested on capital murder charges in the fatal shootings of four people at a home in East Texas, authorities said Wednesday.

Jesse Pawlowski, 20, Billy Phillips, 37, and Dylan Welch 21, were arrested Tuesday in the killings near New Summerfield, a small community about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Dallas. They were expected to be arraigned Wednesday.

Cherokee County Sheriff Brent Dickson said a woman called authorities Tuesday morning after finding one of the four victims, 18-year-old John Clinton, dead in her driveway. Investigators then found the other three in a mobile home behind her residence. They were Clinton’s mother, 39-year-old Ami Hickey, Jeff Gerla, 47, and Amanda Bain, 39.

“I believe they showed up with the intent to rob them and then it escalated,” Dickson said.

Clinton apparently had had some sort of relationship with Pawlowski and was meeting with the defendants when he was shot, said Dickson. He said Clinton and Gerla were in a relationship as were Hickey and Bain, but that investigators don't believe there was an anti-gay angle to the killings.

The defendants were arrested Tuesday evening. They live in nearby Jacksonville. Authorities recovered a vehicle, clothes and guns that were stolen from the victims, Dickson said.

The sheriff said the handgun used in the shootings belonged to one of the victims and that there's no indication that any of the victims returned fire. Investigators believe one of the victims found in the mobile home was killed while sleeping and that the other two were gunned down while reacting to the gunshots.

Dickson said authorities were trying to determine if more than one person shot the victims.

Pawlowski, Phillips and Welch were being held in Cherokee County jail on Wednesday. Bond had not yet been sent and jail records did not yet list attorneys for them.

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No, bass4funk has made it clear that there are no shootings in Texas, which means this didn’t happen.

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The handgun used belonged to one of the victims. Hmmmm.

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No, bass4funk has made it clear that there are no shootings in Texas, which means this didn’t happen

I never said that, you ok guy? I’m saying in my town, where I live we haven’t had a shooting in 54 years, I never said in Texas there’s no shootings, I said, Texas doesn’t have the off the charts violence that cities like NYC, Chicago, Baltimore and Detroit.

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The handgun used belonged to one of the victims. Hmmmm.

So the next question is - was the firearm locked up/trigger locked BEFORE the robbery or not?

Was a trigger lock found?

Was a gun safe found?

These things are available for as little as $25.

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Was a trigger lock found?

Was a gun safe found?

These things are available for as little as $25.

Probably not, as (afaik) there is nothing that says a Texan gun owner needs to have a locking device, or use one even if they do.

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