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Locally-tied murder suspect collapses in TX court

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Ronald Lee Haskell collapses as he appears in court on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Houston. (AP) Ronald Lee Haskell collapses as he appears in court on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Houston. (AP)

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The suspect in a horrific crime that nearly wiped out an entire family collapsed in a Texas courtroom Friday morning. 

Ron Haskell is accused of the massacre in Texas but he's no stranger to the law. His mother filed a restraining order against him in Vista court last week. The man from Escondido allegedly made death threats and tied her with duct tape. 

But what happened in a Texas courtroom was bizarre, to say the least.

CBS News 8 obtained dramatic video of 33-year-old Haskell, as he made his first court appearance on a capital murder charge in Texas.

He collapsed twice before deputies helped him up and eventually rolled him out on a chair.

Haskell is accused of the senseless Texas murders of two parents originally from San Marcos and their four children.

"You have to forgive and that is a process. Even though six of our children and grandchildren have been taken from us," the victims' grandmother, Joyce Stay said.

New details emerged, just last week, his own mother had a restraining order taken out on him at her San Marcos home.

The order says Haskell became angry with his mother for talking to his ex-wife, he allegedly covered her mouth with duct tape and tied her wrists to a chair. It also claims that he choked his mother until she passed out and threatened to kill her -- an ordeal that lasted four hours.

A disturbing trail of events followed.

Joyce and Tom Stay's children and grandchildren were killed in the massacre Wednesday night -- 39-year-old son, Stephen, his 33-year-old wife Katie of San Marcos and four of the couple's five children, ages 4 to 14.

It happened in the Houston area. Authorities in Texas say Haskell went to the home of his ex-wife's sister. Disguised as a delivery man, he knocked down the door, looking for his ex-wife.

He then tied up the parents and their five kids, shooting them execution style in the back of the head.

The oldest child, 15-year-old Cassidy, who was shot and pretended to be dead is hailed a hero. She survived and called police.

Joyce Stay says she spoke with her granddaughter who remains in the hospital Friday morning.

"I told her how sorry I was. She says my mom and dad are in better place now," Stay said.

The 15-year-old girl is in critical condition.

The Stay family now has the heavy burden of making funeral arrangements in Texas. Haskell also has a history of domestic violence charges involving his ex-wife.

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