What kind of a man shoots his wife and daughter and then kidnaps his son? We're not sure, but police say 39-year-old Jamie Cole did just that.
Investigators claim that Cole and his estranged wife, Melissa Cole, 31, started arguing Thursday evening when he showed up at her place at 725 F.M. 1959 to drop off their two sons, ages 2 and 10.
During the fight, the couple's daughter, Alecia Castillo, 15, kept trying to intervene and calm things down. It would work for a while, but then the parents would just start at it again. As the row got more and more heated, Castillo tried again to break it up, but this time it didn't work.
Police say Jamie Cole shot to death Castillo and Melissa Cole, grabbed his 2-year-old and jumped in a car heading out of town. He was later arrested by state troopers in Wharton County and is charged with capital murder.
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Police say the 2-year-old was unharmed.
A man claiming to be Alecia Castillo's father says the police initially got it wrong and that Cole was Castillo's stepfather.
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