Ex-Utahn accused of killing 6 in Texas was ordered to stay away from ex-wife
Ronald Haskell was also ordered, as part of the settlement, to only have supervised visitations with his children until his therapist could determine that he was no longer a "threat" to them.
"Until respondent receives a psychological evaluation and provides documentation from his evaluator that he is mentally and emotionally stable enough to care for the children on his own, respondent’s parent time shall be supervised," the Haskells' divorce decree states.
As part of the mutual restraining order, the court also ordered: "Each party shall not commit, try to commit or threaten to commit any form of violence against the other. This includes stalking, harassing, threatening, physically hurting or causing any other form of abuse."
At Thursday's vigil, Kippen said he tried to help the Haskells with counseling as well as help them seek professional counseling. He was aware of their marital problems, and ultimately encouraged Ronald Haskell to move to California to be with family members there.
"We convinced him that's where he needed to be," Kippen said. "It didn't work out for the marriage and it was best for Ron to be able to regroup and get support from his family in California. And Melanie needed the same thing, which is why she went to be with her family in Texas."
But Haskell's abuse didn't stop.
San Diego abuse
Most recently, Haskell's sister, Chandra Haskell, filed for a protective order against her brother as well as a report of domestic abuse after Ronald Haskell allegedly attacked her and their mother at their home in San Diego County.
Haskell was living at his mother's home in November when Chandra Haskell said she heard her brother yelling at her mother.
"He then turned his anger on me. He grabbed me by my throat and threw me to the ground. When my mother tried to stop him, he grabbed her and threw her to the ground," Chandra Haskell said in her report to police.
Haskell said her brother elbowed her in the throat and punched her in the arm. She said Ronald Haskell was "in the middle of a messy divorce and his wife is accusing him of domestic violence," according to the police report.
Chandra Haskell asked for a restraining order against her brother and for him to be removed from her house because she feared he would harm her again.
Ronald Haskell has been charged with multiple counts of capital murder in the Spring, Texas, killings. He also is accused of critically injuring his former niece, 15, in the shooting rampage.
When he arrived at the door of the home of Stephen and Katie Stay — dressed as a FedEx driver — Haskell allegedly demanded to know where he could find his ex-wife. Police said he held the children at gunpoint until their parents returned home. The parents were then shot and killed in addition to two boys, ages 4 and 14, and two girls, ages 7 and 9.
Roger Lyon, Katie Stay's father who also lives in Texas just a few miles from his daughter, released a prepared statement late Thursday.
"Stephen and Katie Stay and their beautiful children were an amazing and resilient family. They lived to help others, both at church and in their neighborhood," he said of the Mormon family. "We love them beyond words.
"Cassidy Stay, 15, who survived the attack, is expected to make a full recovery. We are grateful for this miracle. We are in awe of her bravery and courage in calling 911, an act that is likely to have saved all of our lives. She is our hero. More information will be forthcoming in the days ahead about her heroics, but right now we want to concentrate on getting her well.
"We are shocked and devastated by this tragedy that has taken these precious souls away from us," Lyon said.
Stephen Stay, 39, and Katie Stay, 33, also have relatives who still live in Utah. Attempts to contact them Thursday were unsuccessful.
Texas neighbor Verena Beckstrand choked back tears Thursday as she described to the Associated Press how Katie Stay went to Utah last fall to help her sister escape her relationship with Haskell and make a fresh start in Texas.
"Katie's a spitfire. She has energy to stand up for what she believes is right and true," Beckstrand, 42, said.
Brandi, who declined to give her last name, is close to Melanie Haskell and also attended Thursday's vigil in Logan.
"Melanie and her family were an amazing family," she said. "This is the least we could do to show our love from the state of Utah and we love her here in Logan."
Brandi said she talked to Melanie on the phone Wednesday before the killings. She said Melanie and her family have "started a new life" and are happy. She said there were no warning signs leading up to Wednesday's tragic events.
"Melanie is an incredible mother, incredible friend, incredible neighbor. They were wonderful members of our community," added Heather Weese, another friend who attended Thursday's vigil. "I'm 100 percent shocked over this."
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