Classmate of deceased Haltom City woman describes her relationship with twin brother
A 58-year-old Haltom City man who was taken in by his twin sister has been identified as a suspect in her stabbing death, according to police and former classmates and friends of the siblings.
Dena Wright, formerly Dena Conditt, had been living with her twin brother, David Conditt, after he was homeless for a bit and she agreed to take him in, friends said. The friends said he has bipolar disorder.
Sgt. Eric Peters, a Haltom City police spokesman, said officers found Wright, 58, with multiple stab wounds around 6:30 a.m. Thursday after they responded to her home in the 5700 block of Macneill Drive. Police were searching for her brother, who they believe left in her red 2015 Toyota RAV4 with the Texas license plate GMJ2896. Police have issued a warrant for his arrest on a charge of murder.
Keli Stallings, a 56-year-old former classmate of Wright’s at Haltom City High School, said she just saw her Monday night during a dinner with mutual friends. Wright told them for the first time how bad it had gotten with her troubled brother, who would often fight with her, as well as not take care of himself or bathe, Stallings said.
Friends suggested to Wright “a brand new idea,” that she seek out a support group, Stallings said.
“She’s really struggled with him, but she’s taken care of him, all of his life,” Stallings said. “It’s just really, really sad. I just can’t believe this.”
Ronda Guinn was in the same class as Stallings, two years apart from the Conditt twins, and also confirmed they had been living together. She was closer to David Conditt in high school, she said, but had lost touch.
“We’re shocked,” Guinn said. “We can’t believe this.”
Both Stallings and Guinn drove to Wright’s Macneill Drive home on Thursday afternoon as they processed the news. They found police officers clearing the scene, removing yellow police tape and packing up cars.
Peters, standing in front of the home, said around 12:40 p.m. Thursday the medical examiner had removed the body from the house and authorities were continuing their investigation.
Conditt was described by police as a 58-year-old man with blond hair and green eyes who’s roughly 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 240 pounds.
Anyone with information on the current location of Conditt or the Toyota is asked to call police at their dispatch number, 817-281-1000, or main department number, 817-222-7000.
‘She tried her best to take care of her brother’
At Haltom High, Stallings and Guinn said the Conditt siblings were known as a loving brother and sister who would drive only the finest cars to school.
Their uncle owned a car dealership, Stallings and Guinn said. They wore nice clothes and had a nice home.
“Everybody knew the Conditts,” Stallings said.
After high school, Dena Conditt got married and had a daughter before she got divorced, Stallings said. She was working at a Bed Bath & Beyond at the time of her death.
David Conditt opened up a jewelry store, Conditt Jewelry, about 15 years ago before it closed down, Stallings and Guinn said. He had also been married and divorced, and had at least one daughter, they said.
He was arrested in 1999 for failing to pay child support, according to Tarrant County jail records.
When he was living with no home for a short time, Conditt eventually moved in with Wright, who welcomed him into her home, Stallings said.
But, during their monthly dinners at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Wright complained about her brother, Stallings said. He couldn’t get on the right medication, she said, and had rejected help.
Wright gave Stallings and her other friends an idea of how bad it had gotten during dinner Monday night.
“We were all talking her into getting some help,” Stallings said. “She was just so upset about the circumstances and the way this is just taking over her life.”
The reality that Conditt is suspected of killing Wright was still sinking in Thursday, Stallings and Guinn said. Wright was a sweet and kind woman who was often smiling, Stallings said.
The twin sister also “tried her best to take care of her brother,” she said.
“Bless her heart,” she said.