Ranger: 3 charged in 4 Texas killings planned to steal gun

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Via the Associated Press — photos provided by the Cherokee County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office shows, from left, Dylan Welch, Jesse Pawlowski and Billy Phillips.

NEW SUMMERFIELD, Texas (AP) — Authorities say three men charged in the fatal shooting of four people at a home in East Texas had met up with one of the victims under the pretense of buying a gun from him but planned to steal it.

Jesse Pawlowski, Billy Phillips and Dylan Welch have been charged with capital murder in the killings this week near New Summerfield. Authorities say 18-year-old John Clinton, who thought he was selling a gun, was shot and killed in the driveway.

Three others were killed in a mobile home on the property. The defendants remain jailed on $1 million each.

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