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Middle School Teacher Arrested After Class for Allegedly Murdering Two Neighbors

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A middle school science teacher has been accused of killing two neighbors after a Halloween Party this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, PEOPLE confirms. Cary Heath then went to class on Monday — teaching a full day — and was arrested afterward as he walked to his car, according to authorities.

A motive in the slayings remains unclear.

Heath has been charged with capital murder and is held on $1 million bond.

An arrest warrant obtained by PEOPLE describes a chilling series of events that led to the 35-year-old’s arrest at Permenter Middle School, where he taught.

According to the affidavit, a neighbor was having a Halloween gathering at his home on Saturday night that Heath and his wife, Tiffany, attended.

The two victims, neighbors Phillip Evans and Daniel Haros, showed up at the party and had a “friendly and cordial” conversation. The affidavit states that Heath went home while his wife stayed at the party.

Minutes later, the party’s host heard multiple gunshots. The host, whose name was redacted on the affidavit, also reported seeing Heath allegedly striking either Evans or Haros with the butt of a rifle.

The caller “yelled for the suspect to stop, and the suspect pointed the weapon at [redacted] and asked if [redacted] had a problem,” the affidavit alleges.

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According to the affidavit’s allegations, “Cary Heath ran into [the neighbor’s] house and handed [redacted] his one year baby and stated, ‘This is the last time I will see the baby. I killed two people.’ ”

Then, according to the affidavit, “Cary’s wife, Tiffany Heath, ran outside and a short time later came back to [the neighbor’s] house and told them that she saw a dead person in the driveway across the street.”

A Tarrant County medical examiner has determined that both Haros and Evans died from gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma to the face and head.

Investigators interviewed Heath’s wife, who allegedly told them that her husband had admitted to the killings and asked her to clean the blood from his gun safe.

In a statement, the Cedar Hill Independent School District said Heath has been placed on administrative leave. According to his now-removed biography on his school’s website, Heath worked as an eighth-grade science teacher who once served in the U.S. Air Force.

It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney or entered a plea to his charges.