Police Say Man Killed Estranged Wife, Mother-in-Law

McLellan County had warrant out for estranged husband's arrest

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    A man suspected of killing his wife and her mother before allegedly committing suicide should have been in jail at the time of the killings, according to court documents.

    Janice Hill, 24, and her 52-year-old mother, Jeanne Carroll, were found dead by Hill's grandmother on Tuesday afternoon.

    Keith Hill, the estranged husband of Janice Hill, is suspected in the killings, Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Gil Cerda said. The 28-year-old man was found dead in the home in the 9600 block of Michael Lane with a rifle by his body. There was no sign of forced entry.

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    A grandmother woke up to find her daughter and granddaughter dead, along with the granddaughter's estranged husband, police said.

    Hill was on probation after he was convicted in January of assaulting his wife in McLellan County. A McLellan County judge signed a motion for his arrest Oct. 30 on a probation violation, but Hill was not arrested.

    Hill's probation officer said the motion for his arrest was transferred to Dallas County. Dallas County officials said they did not have record of it as of Wednesday.

    Janice Hill's grandmother found her granddaughter, daughter and Hill after she woke up in her home at about 1 p.m. She is in her 80s, hard of hearing and never heard the rifle shots, Cerda said.

    Yellow police tape surrounded the ranch-style East Dallas home, located on a street next to Eastfield College, a Dallas community college. Crime scene technicians and medical examiner's personnel entered the house with stretchers, at one point loading a black body bag into a van.

    About 100 yards south of the home, Keith Hill's vehicle was hooked up to a tow truck to be carted away. Police said they believe the man parked there, walked up the residential street with his rifle and was let into the home early Tuesday.

    Janice Hill was assaulted by her husband in Grand Prairie on Oct. 9, Cerda said. Her estranged husband was arrested in connection with the assault on Oct. 23, and Hill sought a restraining order five days later.

    Paige Flink, executive director of The Family Place, said everyone should be outraged by the deaths of Hill and her mother.

    "When you see a victim who has done what she thought she needed to do to protect herself and still she loses her life (and) her mom loses her life, it's very frustrating," she said.

    Police said Hill, a Child Protective Services caseworker, moved into her mother's house to escape her estranged husband.

    "If someone is determined to kill you, it's going to be hard to stop it," Flink said.

    Police were at the home as recently as Sunday. Hill called police, saying she has been receiving harassing phone calls from an unknown person whom she believed was her husband.

    Dallas police said the caller never spoke and they had no way to prove the calls came from Keith Hill.

    "We don't know who the calls came from," Cerda said. "She didn't know who they came from. That's No. 1. No. 2, there was no voice on the calls, and No. 3, there were no threats."

    Police said their response to Janice Hill's call would not have changed if they had known of the motion for Keith Hill's arrest in McClennan County.

    "Had he been there in person, certainly they would have checked him out," Cerda said. "It's one of the things officers always do, check to see if there are any types of active warrants for the suspect. Had there been, he would have been arrested at that point."

    Kristen Howell, of Genesis Women's Shelter in Dallas, said friends and family of domestic abuse victims should recommend the victims go to a shelter or outreach center.

    "It's such a difficult time when someone ends a relationship," she said. "Of course they're going to turn to family and friends, and so we encourage family and friends to be supportive, but say, 'I'm not going to be able to keep you safe here.'"