AUSTIN – A suspected gunman accused of killing six people on a crime spree stretching from Texas to Pennsylvania was arraigned Tuesday on a murder charge after his capture in New York.
A judge ordered Paul Devoe III, 43, held without bail. He is fighting extradition back to Texas, a legal battle that could take up to two months.
Wearing a white coverall jumpsuit in court in Suffolk County on New York's Long Island, Devoe was charged with being a fugitive from justice in connection with a murder charge in the killing of a Texas bartender Friday. His attorney had no comment.
Devoe also has been charged with killing an ex-girlfriend, 46-year-old Paula Griffith, one of four people found shot to death Sunday in a home near Austin. He's also a suspect in the slaying of an elderly woman in Pennsylvania.
Police said he fled Texas in a car stolen from Griffith, then is suspected of stopping near the Pennsylvania-Maryland state line where the woman was shot to death and her car was stolen. Devoe was arrested Monday after a brief standoff in New York.
At the Austin-area home over the weekend, detectives found the bodies of Griffith; her 15-year-old daughter; 17-year-old Danielle Hensley; and Griffith's boyfriend, 48-year-old Jay Feltner, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Jonathon Griffith, of San Antonio, identified the 15-year-old victim as his sister, Haylie Marie Faulkner, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The bodies were discovered in the living room and dining room of the home, the affidavit said. Medical examiners said autopsies determined Hensley suffered three gunshot wounds and each of the other victims had one gunshot wound.
The four had been planning a trip to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio on Saturday. Hensley's father alerted police when he hadn't heard from his daughter in an unusually long period of time.
In Pennsylvania, State Trooper Edward S. Asbury said 81-year-old Betty Jane Dehart of Greencastle, Pa., was found dead.
Dehart, a retired seamstress and a great-great-grandmother, was described by neighbors as someone with a sweet disposition who would ply workers performing maintenance on her house trailer with snacks.
"It just can't be Mrs. Dehart, it just can't be -- that's what everyone's reaction is," Michele Anderson, who lives two doors away, said Tuesday. Dehart's two daughters checked on her every day, Anderson said.
A vehicle in the New York driveway where Devoe was arrested had Pennsylvania license plates, and a trace on those plates led to Dehart. A car found at that killing scene was registered to Griffith in Texas.
The car taken from Dehart was a surprise Mother's Day present last year, said her son-in-law, Jim Chilcoat.
"Betty was the kindest soul you could imagine," Chilcoat said. "She never said a bad word about anybody."
Pennsylvania authorities are still deciding what charges to file, Asbury said.
Dehart lived alone, about a mile and a half from the I-81 exit at the Pennsylvania-Maryland state line. Asbury said nothing about the crime scene suggested there was a struggle.
Before his arrest, Devoe is alleged to have called his mother in New York state using a cell phone that belonged to Feltner and told her he had killed five people, the arrest warrant affidavit said.
Larry Faulkner, Paula Griffith's former common-law husband, told authorities that Devoe dated Griffith two years ago for about three months.
Devoe is believed to have gone to Griffith's Austin-area home, located in a cedar tree-covered rural subdivision close to Jonestown, after the shooting at a bar in nearby Marble Falls. A bartender was killed amid Devoe's rage at an ex-girlfriend at the tavern, witnesses and police said.
A blue pickup truck Devoe was believed to have used to flee the bar was found at the Griffith home.