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Friday, January 30, 1998
Gunman's body found; other family members'
GRANBURY, Texas (AP) -- The bodies of four slain family members
have been discovered in various locations by Hood County authorities.
Authorities said they first found the bodies of Donald Wayne
Martin's wife and stepson Wednesday night in the family's home.
Martin, 51, was sought in the shooting deaths of his wife,
Patricia, and 19-year-old stepson, Chris Cadwell, authorities
said. Officials said they then later discovered Martin's body
in his minivan. Police believe Martin died from an apparent self-inflicted
Along with Martin's body, authorities said they found a tape
made by Martin about his actions.
After discovering Martin's body, authorities found his stepdaughter's
body along a rural gravel road.
Officials said 14-year-old Ashley Foster was the first to be
Authorities said Martin picked Miss Foster up at school and
shot her in the back of the head before returning to his home
where he shot his stepson in the bedroom and his wife in the garage.
"The wife was going to leave and he just didn't want her
to leave," Hood County District Attorney Richard Hattox said.
"Life wasn't worth living without her there."
Martin's stepson, 17-year-old Carlos Ortiz, was the only member
to survive the incident. Ortiz stayed late at school Wednesday.
"This is law enforcement's worst nightmare because we
do have mechanisms in place to try to help families in situations
like these," Hattox said. "Our suspect was very controlling,
very angry, very hostile toward the children. And the strain in
the relationship because of the children was causing the marriage
to break up."
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