Tonight’s Execution: Bobby Hines

Bobby Hines

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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-Telegramhe then “said he loved his family, believed life in prison would be a worse punishment, and then declared that he was ‘going home.’ ”

Hines was declared dead at 6:28 p.m.
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Execution Wednesday for 1991 Dallas-Area Slaying

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9 thoughts on “Tonight’s Execution: Bobby Hines

  1. Claudia says:

    What a sad news. RIP Bobby Hines!

  2. bullzeye says:

    Bee nice if you said the same about his victim too.

  3. Claudia says:

    Of course @bullzeye, who said I´m not sorry for the victim? I´M SORRY FOR EVERYONE WHO IS MURDERED. You people that support murder commited by the State are so blind in revenge!

    • bullzeye says:

      @Claudia Respectfully Maam. Nothing you or I say here will change what is to be. I can’t execute someone and you can’t save them. We both have the right to our opinions. I don’t have pity for thugs and you do and thats fine. I have pity for the victims. Getting stabbed several times with an ice pick , raped and strangled is not a good way to die either. There are websites for people like you that share your views.

      I didn’t kill anyone the law and the courts did. If you ask me to choose between the victim or Thug its the Victim or Victims and all the lives of their family and friends who have suffered also.

  4. Rob Burford says:

    well said @bullzeye…sounds like claudia is one of those death row groupies.wish we had the ultimate punishment here in the UK.

  5. Claudia says:

    @Rob Burford dont talk abouth things you dont know. Looks like you are a sexist and a sadist who likes to see people get murderer.

  6. admin says:

    Gentle warning everyone, I’m thrilled that you are here and commenting, but lets keep the discussion civil and on point, otherwise I’ll start blocking comments. Personal attacks do little to further the debate and aren’t constructive.

    Thanks for reading.

  7. Rob Burford says:

    i do apologise claudia,meant no harm, guess that was the wrong way to stimulate a debate about the death penalty. I do support it,but only for the most horrific of crimes. I work in criminal justice in the uk,and we often debate the pros and cons, dont misunderstand me, i feel that to keep someone on death row for years and years is wrong,torture really,so if the guilt is beyond all reasonable doubt,get on with it, or abolish it.

    • bullzeye says:

      I ditto that Rob. I’m not for the death penalty in every case. I could not sentence someone to death only on circumstancial evidence if I was on a jury. I also don’t see any point in spending millions to keep someone alive.

      In this day and age with forensics there should be no way to make a mistake. Get on with it or abolish it.

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