California man texted friend before care home murder-suicide

TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — Documents reveal the operator of a California adult-care facility was drunk and sent an apologetic text to a friend before he shot three developmentally disabled men, set the building ablaze and then used the gun to kill himself.

The August 2016 fire at the Renee Jennex Small Family Home killed a fourth developmentally disabled man and burned all five people beyond recognition. Investigators pulled a gas can from the rubble.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise on Friday cites autopsy reports that show James Jennex had been drinking before carrying out the murder-suicide. He texted a friend to say that his wife, Renee, would need help.

Investigators haven’t identified a motive for the killings.

The home was a state-licensed facility in Temecula that cared for severely disabled adults. It’s no longer in operation.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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