Fort Worth

June 4, 2014

Slayings on Sunset Lane triple homicide, not murder-suicide, Fort Worth police say

The third slaying victim in west Fort Worth is identified as police search for the killer.

The three people found dead Monday in west Fort Worth were shot by someone else, police said Wednesday.

“They’re no longer looking at murder-suicide,” Sgt. Raymond Bush, a police spokesman, said. “It appears to be a triple homicide.”

Also Wednesday, authorities released the name of the third person found dead in the house in the 200 block of Sunset Lane.

She is Elizabeth Sessums, 47, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. On Tuesday, Ronney Jackson, 57, and David Adams, 50, were identified as the others. The medical examiner’s website did not list home addresses for any of them.

“We don’t have any suspect information to release at this time,” Bush added.

During a news conference Wednesday morning, Police Chief Jeff Halstead mentioned that the three had been dead for about a week. The news conference was called primarily to announce the arrest of a suspect in a triple slaying on Tuesday in south Fort Worth. Police do not believe the two cases are related.

Police went to the Sunset Lane house Monday morning in response to a call about a possible dead body. Officers found a man and a woman in the living room, both shot in the head. The medical examiner’s report said Sessums and Adams were shot in the head.

Police noted that a man in a bedroom was shot in the chest; the medical examiner said Jackson was shot in the chest.

Public records show that Jackson and Sessums were longtime residents of the house.

Neighbors have said Jackson and Sessums were known to argue loudly outside the house. Several neighbors said cars came and went from the house at all hours and they suspected drug dealing.

Jackson’s criminal record dates to 1980 and includes two felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and one count of forgery by check, all in Tarrant County.

He went to prison in February 1999 but was paroled in October 2000 under mandatory supervision, according to records from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He returned to prison in October 2002 and was paroled again under mandatory supervision in June 2003, the records show.

Sessums was convicted of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) in Tarrant County and went to prison in February 2012. She was released the next August after completing her sentence, the records show.

Adams was sentenced to 45 days in jail in 2004 for possession of a controlled substance.

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