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UPDATE: Bobby Hines has been executed.
In what was the 11th execution this year in Texas, the state has executed Bobby Lee Hines, 40, for the 1991 robbing, stabbing and strangling of a Dallas-area woman.
Hines was a 19-year-old on parole when he began staying in a friend’s apartment, next door to Michelle Wendy Haupt, 26, in Carrollton, a suburb of Dallas.
According to a case summary from the Texas attorney general’s office Haupt was found dead several hours after neighbors heard screaming and other loud noises in the early morning hours of Oct. 20, 1991. Neighbors called the police, but they could not locate the source of the disturbance.
Later, residents convinced the apartment manager to open Haupt’s door, where he found Haupt’s body. She had 18 puncture wounds.
According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, “Hines’ fingerprint and bloody palm print were found in the apartment. Haupt’s gold sand-dollar charm was found in Hines’ pants pocket.”
Hines was already given one execution date in June, but the district attorney’s office withdrew the date to allow for more DNA testing.
Hines’s attorneys filed an appeal last week arguing that his trial attorneys “failed to adequately investigate, develop and present to the jurors the full extent of the abuse, neglect and violence that Bobby was subjected to at a very young age, and which continued throughout his youth.”
In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle this week, one of Ferguson’s attorneys recalled his troubled upbringing: “All I remember is a real young kid who had very tumultuous childhood, and never really had a chance,” William Hughey, one of his trial lawyers, said. “It was a case where it was clear his childhood had a significant impact as to who he was and how he ended up where he is.”
According to the San Francisco Chronicle story “attorney Lydia Brandt also contended lawyers early in the appeals process likewise failed to investigate the claims. She unsuccessfully tried to negotiate the execution date so it fell after a U.S. Supreme Court conference next week when justices are expected to discuss whether to review another Texas death penalty case with similar issues.”
But the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected Hines’ appeal, ruling that he had “not presented a compelling reason” to review his case.
Hines declined to speak to the media prior to the execution.
In his final statement, he asked for forgiveness, saying he knows what he did was wrong.
“I know that I took somebody special from y’all,” he said as Haupt’s father stood a few feet away, watching through a window. “I know it wasn’t right, it was wrong. I wish I could give it back, but I know I can’t.
“I wish there was something I could do.”
According to the Star-Telegram, he then “said he loved his family, believed life in prison would be a worse punishment, and then declared that he was ‘going home.’ ”