Custody Battle Child Killer

July 29, 2011 - 4:44 PM
Trisha Conlon poses for a photo in Kenmore, Wash., on Friday, July 29, 2011. Conlon’s motherly instinct seems reasonable: She doesn’t want her teenage boys living with a woman who shot and killed her own daughters in their sleep, even if it was 20 years ago. Come Sunday, though, they will be _ thanks to a bizarre and convoluted custody dispute with her ex-husband, retired Marine fighter pilot Lt. Col. John P. Cushing Jr. Cushing, who lives on Vashon Island south of Seattle, is back together with his first wife, Kristine, who took a .38-caliber handgun to their 4- and 8-year-old girls at their home in California’s Orange County in 1991. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)