Details behind the Arizona murder(s)-suicide that occurred yesterday continue to surface. The shooter, Carey Hal Dyess, was a 73-year-old man embittered by the terms of his fifth divorce in 2006 and ‘hunted’ his victims. Among the victims were the couple’s divorce attorney and a good friend of his most recent ex-wife.
Driving a PT Cruiser, Carey Hal Dyess began hunting his victims early in the morning, taking his grudge and his gun to various locations inside and outside the city of 20,000 near the Mexican border.
One of the victims was divorce lawyer Jerrold Shelley, who was killed as he packed up his office for his last day at work before beginning retirement.
“They said the shooter came in and told the secretary to ‘Get out of here,’” said Vida Florez, a lawyer who knew Shelley. “She did, and he shot Jerry Shelley and he left.”
Another victim, who was shot four times in the face, was a friend of Dyess’ ex-wife, authorities said.
“This is not a random act,” Police Chief Jerry Geier said.
“These victims were targeted.”
It’s been 5 years since they split, so why the sudden outrage? Well, turns out Dyess’ wife wasn’t paying him for his portion of the house they once shared.
The divorce file showed that Theresa and Carey Dyess were married in Tombstone in May 2002 and the couple filed for divorce in 2006. Theresa Dyess alleged there had been domestic violence and she asked for and received an order of protection. No details of that incident were immediately available in the court file.
The divorce was granted and the couple later agreed on a property split that gave Theresa Dyess the couple’s home in Wellton once she bought out her former husband’s share.
A lawyer for Carey Dyess filed a brief in October 2008 that said Carey Dyess had not been paid more than a year after the divorce became final.
“Mr. Dyess is sick and believes (his ex-wife) is `holding out,’ waiting for him to die, Yuma attorney Gregory Torok wrote in a court petition. The file shows the issue led to a final settlement two months later.
Investigators are still working to uncover the the relationship between Dyess and the rest of the victims. SMH … this is crazy!