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Man Accused in Texas Triple Slay

January 30, 2002

CALL, Texas (AP) _ Police captured a fugitive suspected of killing three people and wounding two others after a police dog tracked his scent.

Perry Anthony Stevenson, 42, was arrested Tuesday near Call in southeast Texas, about a mile from the house where two of the three were killed. The dog tracked him to some woods.

Stevenson was arraigned on aggravated robbery charges and jailed on $500,000 bail. Newton County Sheriff Wayne Powell said he expects Stevenson also to be charged with murder.

Stevenson was sought in Monday’s shooting deaths of Mirian McElroy, 52 and two sisters, ages 10 and 14. A 5-year-old sister was hospitalized in good condition; the girls’ mother was listed as critical.

The violence started early Monday when a man killed McElroy in Orange, set fire to the home where the shooting occurred, then stole a car from a nearby home.

``She didn’t know nothing about him,″ said McElroy’s daughter, Priscilla Bailey. ``That’s what scared me all the time.″

The stolen vehicle was found wrecked about 40 miles away, near Call, where a man broke into the home of Charles White and fired four shots into an empty bedroom.

``He said, ’I don’t want to hurt anybody. I don’t want to kill anybody,‴ said White, 68, who was home with his wife.

White told the Beaumont Enterprise the man was carrying a Bible and a copy of the book ``Alcoholics Anonymous.″

About 100 yards away, the man broke into the home of Gary and Gwen Pearson, where he shot Gwen Pearson and their three daughters.

Police said the man stole the Pearsons’ vehicle, then wrecked it and ran into the woods near Call.

Neighbors of Stevenson and McElroy described him as a loner and a recluse.

``He just locked himself inside that trailer,″ Tammy Ambrose said.

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