On Tuesday, 4 individuals had been discovered lifeless on a property in New Summerfield, about 30 miles southeast of Tyler.
One of many alleged killers was an affiliate of one of many victims and the motive seems to be theft, Cherokee County Sheriff Brent Dickson mentioned in a information convention Wednesday.
“This was a tragic and ruthless killing. It was a mindless killing,” Dickson mentioned.
He recognized the victims as John Clinton, 18; Jeff Gerla, 47; Ami Hickey, 39; and Amanda Bain, 39.
The suspects are Dylan Welch, 21; Billy Phillips, 37; and Jesse Pawlowski, 20, the sheriff mentioned.
Pawlowski and Clinton had been associates, the sheriff mentioned.
Dickson mentioned investigators consider the three suspects stole a automobile in addition to garments and weapons from contained in the victims’ house.
The suspects should not have attorneys but, in accordance with a courtroom coordinator with the 2nd Judicial District Court docket.
A relative discovered Clinton deceased within the driveway when she went to retrieve her newspaper, Dickson mentioned.
Regulation enforcement responding to the scene found the opposite victims in a second house on the property.
On Tuesday, Dickson mentioned the victims had been shot.