Newly-released police documents have provided new details in the Plano, Texas mass murder investigation. Earlier this month, 32-year-old Spencer Hight shot nine people, including his ex-wife, at a football viewing party at her home. Eight of the nine died. Hight was shot and killed by police when they arrived on the scene.
The victims were Hight’s ex-wife Meredith Hight, 27, Anthony Michael Cross, 33, Olivia Nicole Deffner, 24, James Richard Dunlop, 29, Darryl William Hawkins, 22, Rion Christopher Morgan, 31, Myah Sade Bass, 28, and Caleb Seth Edwards, 25. The sole survivor, Carly Shockey, was shot in the jaw.
According to search warrant affidavits obtained by Fox4 News, Spencer stopped at a bar just three blocks away from the home that he and Meredith once shared. An affidavit from a bartender at Local Public House indicates that she saw him carrying weapons.
She told police, she “observed the suspect with a pistol and a knife and stated that she was following him on Spring Creek Parkway to the home where the murders happened but drove away before the shooting started.”
The Dallas Observer reports that while at Local Public House, Spencer showed off to bar staff by brandishing a knife and a gun. He reportedly knew some of the staff well. Disturbed, they tried to escort him to his car so he could put away the weapons. At least one staff member called police.
Another affidavit from a witness reveals disturbing details about the murders. A woman told police she overheard Meredith ask Spencer, “‘Did you really have to do this?’" before hearing more gunshots. That witness said she watched the suspect shoot at police before hearing more shots.
Affidavits describe Spencer as armed with multiple weapons: a pistol, a semi-automatic rifle and a knife, according to Fox4News.
Meredith's mother, Debbie Lane, previously told CBSDFW that her daughter recently filed for divorce because Spencer was a physically abusive alcoholic.
"After two years of trying to get him in treatment, trying to get him to stop, trying to help him… she said, enough is enough. She made every effort she could… and could leave that relationship with no regrets."