JAILHOUSE INTERVIEW: Mass killing suspect speaks his mind

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Jailhouse details from suspect accused of killing family
The man accused of killing 8 family members spoke to Jessica Willey inside the jail

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- We spoke face-to-face Tuesday with a man accused of slaughtering eight family members over the weekend.

David Conley wouldn't talk about the events of Saturday, but he certainly had plenty to say. Wearing the same yellow jail jumpsuit he wore to court Monday, Conley, a multiple violent offender now charged with capital murder, cried as he talked about years of frustration. He said he's the victim, bullied by society and controlled by women.

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"All ladies, any little thing I do, they want to call the police on me," he said. "I'm an ex-felon and threatened all the time."

Conley said he and Valerie Jackson were together on and off for 14 years. He denied being physically abusive, despite a criminal history of domestic violence and reasoned, "If I was so much of an abuser, why did she keep running back? That doesn't make sense if I was that type of person."

Conley and Jackson had a 13-year-old son, Nate, who was among the victims.

"I love Nate. I love Nate to death," said Conley.

Conley wouldn't talk about what happened inside the house or what may have been the breaking point, but said he was angry that he was locked out of the house after paying rent.

"I understand, like you said, all these people are dead, but Valerie wasn't a good Samaritan. They (she and Dwayne Jackson) did evil stuff all the time."

Conley said he was mistreated, disrespected by all the victims -- the youngest being 6 -- and listening to God.

"I was doing my part as God asked me to do. God asked me to help them...God says in the Bible thou shall not disrespect thy mother and thy father. I'm highly spiritual. I'm not crazy," he said. "I'm not like that."

About his own son, he said, "Nate didn't give me any respect because of what his mother was doing towards me. She ignored me."

Towards the end of the interview, he referred to all the children saying, "They were growing up to be monsters. I'm not saying I killed them because of that. I'm not even saying I killed them. They were growing up to be monsters."

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson hasn't decided whether her office will seek the death penalty in this case. When asked whether he thinks he'll ever get out of jail, Conley said, "The way it looks? No."