Man indicted over death of his parents


A Gladewater man could face the death penalty after his indictment Thursday on a capital murder charge in the death of his parents.

Gladewater police found the bodies of Charles and Raye Lansdale, both 68, on Jan. 22 during a welfare check at a North Main Street home. Police Chief Robert Vine said a relative outside the state reported the couple was missing.

Officers encountered Casey Lansdale, 41, who said he lived with his parents. He also said his parents were not home, but officers said they had reason not to believe the son and asked consent to search the residence.

Vine said police found Charles Lansdale in a spare room and Raye Lansdale in a bedroom closet. The son was arrested and remained in the Gregg County Jail on Friday under $1 million bond.

- Longview News-Journal

A motive for the homicides has not been released by authorities.

Reports from last summer indicate tension then between the father and son.

Casey Lansdale was arrested last July on two counts of assault causing bodily injury to a family member. The incident arose from an argument between father and son over whether Casey Lansdale had stolen his father's pistol, reports showed.


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