“It was a home invasion and attempted robbery that went very bad,” Henderson County Sheriff Hillhouse told KLTV.
An Athens-area couple who own a home-based company were confronted with men who claimed to be potential customers. It turned out that the psuedo-customers were armed with the intent of robbing the couple.
“The assailants entered the residence under the pretext that they were customers. The two men posed as customers looking to purchase a dog from a man and woman at their Athens-area residence,” Sheriff Hillhouse said.
The Athens Review reported “the couple was physically restrained and suffered minor injuries during the home invasion.”
Police have not yet provided details of events but we do know that the couple were able to defend themselves at some point with firearms and the result was the collection of the bodies of Steven Kelley, 49, of Winona; and Cecil Spain, 31, of Grand Saline.
The dead robbers were identified with the assistance of the Mesquite Police Department. The sheriff’s office, Henderson County District Attorney’s Office, and the Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.
Both deceased men were armed with handguns during the home invasion.