SHAWNEE — The daughter of an Oklahoma couple who were slain in 2010 was shot and killed Thursday in her home.
Cathy Byus, 35, was shot multiple times, police spokesman Dan Shumaker said.
Her husband, Justin Byus, 25, was arrested without incident after the body was found about 3:30 a.m. in the couple's home at 27 Bella Vista Lane, Shumaker said.
Byus was the daughter of Gary and Linda Haas, both 61, of Tecumseh, who were killed Aug. 2, 2010, in New Mexico. Their remains were discovered in their burned-out travel trailer. An escaped Arizona inmate is charged in their deaths.
Cathy Byus and other family members filed lawsuits in Maricopa County State Court in Arizona and successfully sued the Management & Training Corp., a Utah private prison company, the state of Arizona and Arizona Department of Corrections.
Jacob Diesselhorst, Cathy Byus' attorney and friend, said the lawsuits had been resolved, and there was an agreement not to discuss amount of the judgment. The family had sought $40 million.
Diesselhorst said he spoke with the family and they are distraught and saddened by yet another death in the family.
“The family asked to respect their privacy,” Diesselhorst said. “You have to understand how difficult this is for us. Cathy was a wonderful woman and mother and she will be greatly missed by her friends and family.”
She and her husband had their first child just a few months after the death of Gary and Linda Haas. James DeWayne Byus, 2, was taken into DHS custody Thursday.
“The birth of her son, James, brought her great joy, and he was the light of her world,” Diesselhorst said. “She loved him.”
Justin Byus' uncle, Claude Byus, lives across the street from the couple. He said the family was in too much pain to speak about the incident.
“This is all a nightmare,” Byus said.
A neighbor described the area as an upscale community where most residents keep to themselves.
“It's a quiet community,” Judy Kolker said. “I had met them multiple times. They both seemed pleasant.”
Justin Byus has two felony convictions — one in 2006 for assault and battery on an employee of a juvenile detention facility and another in 2007 for writing fraudulent checks.