Texas Rangers arrest man in Waller County triple homicide


by Michelle Homer / KHOU.com, Jeremy Desel / KHOU 11 News


Posted on March 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 21 at 11:28 AM

WALLER, Texas – A young man suspected in the shooting deaths of his mother, father and brother was arrested Tuesday evening.

The bodies of Lawton Ray Sesler, Rhonda Wyse Sesler and 26-year-old Mark Alan Sesler were found around 1 p.m. in the 2400 block of Farr, in Waller County.

"It’s a horrific scene. A family was murdered here," said Waller Police Chief Phil Rehak.

A warrant was quickly issued for the couple’s younger son, 22-year-old Trey Sesler. Texas Rangers took him into custody Tuesday evening at a house in the 26000 block of Barnett, near Magnolia.

Investigators had been watching the home for several hours, after the suspect’s car was spotted there. Sesler was taken to the Montgomery County Jail.

Police made the gruesome discovery at the Sesler family’s home after concerned relatives asked officers to check on them.

"We found that there was a lot of damage done to the residence. I could see, actually, a person lying on the floor through a window," said Rehak. "We later discovered three bodies in the residence."

Rehak said he’s not aware of any prior problems with Sesler and didn’t comment on a possible motive.

In videos posted online, Sesler is not shy about showing off his guns.

"I got an equalizer!" he said in one post, while holding up an assault-style rifle.

He fancies himself a filmmaker and video-game reviewer, calling himself "Mr. Anime."

But police call him a killer. They believe he opened fire on his family with a high-powered rifle sometime Monday afternoon.

Weda Frierson, Sesler’s great aunt, said she was in shock.

"I saw the police tape, and I knew something serious was going on, and I ran out of the front door," she said.

"I have to admit he was quite strange," Frierson said of Sesler.

Family members said he was under some kind of medical treatment, but said nothing could explain the killings.

"He would never do anything to his mother. He was crazy about his mother. We found out differently," Frierson said.

Before Sesler’s arrest, police said they were worried about what he might do next and, because of the videos, thought that Sesler was armed and dangerous—potentially even with body armor.

"We don’t know if this is part of a plan to carry something else out, or if this is just a random act that he did because of something that occurred here," Rehak said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.