Grand Saline man killed during home invasion

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Cecil Spain, 31, of Grand Saline was shot during an attempted home invasion and robbery in Athens March 5.

Spain, and his accomplice Steven Kelley, 49, of Winona were shot and killed by the homeowners during the invasion.

According to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, one of the men had posed as a potential customer for a dog the man and woman were selling through social media and gained access to the home. The second man entered undetected by the couple at a later time. The men overpowered the couple and restrained them. 

 A press release stated the men were in possession of handguns. Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said that the couple “worked free of the restraint, and when the men were inattentive broke free and were able to get their own weapon in the house and shot the intruders dead.”

The couple suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Henderson County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Milton Adams conducted an inquest at the scene and the deceased were sent to American Forensics for an autopsy. District Judge Scott McKee issued a search warrant for the residence in the ongoing investigation.

The deceased were identified with the assistance of the Mesquite Police Department and Crime Scene Unit’s fingerprint analyst Det. Aaron Martin.

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