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Man Fatally Shoots 2 Before Killing Himself

March 26, 2001|From a Times Staff Writer

A 22-year-old man killed his ex-girlfriend and her grandfather Sunday afternoon at the Santa Ana mobile home park where they lived, then fatally shot himself in the head, police said.

Shortly after 1 p.m., William Farley Stovall III of Seal Beach screeched to a stop on Lake Grove Drive in the Lake Park mobile home senior community, police said.

Witnesses say they heard loud voices before Stovall shot Robyn Clay, 22, and Allen Jake VerSteeg, 67. Stovall then turned the weapon on himself.

Santa Ana police Sgt. Raul Luna said Stovall entered the house through a rear door, and confronted VerSteeg, his wife Shirley, and at least one friend in the living room, Luna said. Stovall demanded to know where Clay was, but they told him to leave. He went to the back of the house, where he found her.

"She sees him and runs out a side door that leads to the front porch," Luna said. "The suspect chases her and shoots her. Her grandfather comes out the door. He's shot. He's wounded and able to make it in through the front door. He collapses in a hallway leading from the living room to the bedroom."

"The suspect then turns the gun on himself and shoots himself in the head" on the porch, Luna said.

Clay was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where she was declared dead shortly after arrival. VerSteeg was found dead in the house, and Stovall's body was found on the porch.

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