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(SPRING, TX) – A man from Utah, who is charged with capital murder in the execution of six members of a Spring family, collapsed in a Houston courtroom Friday morning and was carried out in a wheelchair.

Ronald Lee Haskell is accused of forcing himself into the family’s house on Wednesday, tying up the Stay family, and asking where his wife was before shooting them execution-style.

He collapsed in front of the judge Friday morning. After his collapse, a prosecutor said “reality is setting in” for Haskell.

“Obviously, this is the real thing here,” the prosecutor said. “We’re not asking; we’re not playing; we’re not kidding around. He is now going to face the consequences that the State of Texas and Harris County have for him.”

Although he was not able to enter a plea, Haskell’s lawyers are expected to present an insanity defense.

George Parnham successfully defended Houston mother Andrea Yates with the insanity defense, but he says it won’t be easy in this case.

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Haskell was arrested for domestic violence and child abuse in 2008, and just last week, accused of taping his mother to a chair, choking her and threatening to kill her at her California home.

“It’s going to be an extremely difficult defense to pursue,” Parnham said. “It’s a mountain to hurdle. particularly in light of the events you told me about.”

To prove insanity in Texas, a defense attorney has to prove that their client who so mentally ill that he or she did not know right from wrong.

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A 15-year-old daughter survived the attack by playing dead after she was shot in the head, and then calling 911.

Haskell surrendered after a long standoff Wednesday night.

The victims were related to Haskell’s ex-wife, deputies said. He and his ex, Melanie, were divorced on Valentine’s Day.

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Police in Logan, Utah, said Haskell has a history of domestic violence.

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