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Whatever Happened To… Oak Cliff Mass Murderer

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Last week's murder of six family members in the Houston area reminded some FOX 4 viewers of an Oak Cliff mass murder. Heather Hays got emails asking about the massacre that happened more than 10 years ago.

In a jailhouse interview with FOX 4, Abel Ochoa said he didn't understand why he shot and killed five family members, including his wife and two young daughters.

"A demon. Why couldn't I stop? I loved my daughters. Why would I have shot my daughters? There's no reason," he said.

But Dallas police said after going to church on Sunday Aug. 4, 2002, Ochoa and his wife Cecilia got into a fight about buy $10 worth of crack cocaine. He ended up taking the whole family to a drug house to buy it.

During his initial court appearances he said nothing. He listened to investigator Dan Lusty go over the details of what happened that deadly day.

"He then smoked crack outside in the back yard," Det. Lusty said during the trial.

Investigators said Ochoa wanted more drugs and that's why he went on a rampage.

"So he got up and went to the closet and got his gun and walked out in the living room and started shooting at his family," Det. Lusty said.

When Ochoa ran out of ammunition, he reloaded the gun and continued killing.

"That's when 7-year-old Crystal saw him with the gun and started running and he chased her and shot her," the detective said.

He then shot 9-month-old Anaya, his sister-in-law Jackie and father-in-law Bartolo.

Ochoa said he doesn't remember any of it.

Defense attorneys argued he had brain damage from years of drug abuse and that he was in a cocaine-induced delirious state.

But, Ochoa said he believed it was the work of the devil.

"I know I'm going to heave, thanks to Jesus Christ. I know I will be with my family again," he said.

It took a Dallas County jury less than 10 minutes to find Ochoa guilty of capital murder.

He now sits on death row where he waits for justice.

"Wait to be tied to the bed and get the needle, so justice can be carried out," he said.

Do you have a story or person you've been wondering about? Email Heather Hays at whatever@kdfwfox4.com, call her at 214-720-3195 or post a message on her Facebook page.

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