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Murderer becomes 11th execution in Texas

Oct. 25, 2012 at 7:53 AM

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Killer Bobby Lee Hines was executed in Texas for his conviction in the murder of a Dallas-area woman in her apartment 21 years ago, officials said.

Hines, 40, was executed at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville Wednesday after a federal civil rights appeal by his family and friends was dismissed earlier that day by a judge in Houston, KWTX-TV, Waco, reported.

Hines was 19 and on probation when he stabbed 26-year-old Michelle Wendy Haupt 18 times then strangled her in October 1991. She was found dead in her apartment in Carrollton, a Dallas suburb.

Haupt's blood was on Hines' clothing, and he was found with several items from her apartment, including a gold charm, several packs of cigarettes and a bowl of pennies, KWTX said. Haupt had moved to Carrollton from Pittsburgh and Hines was staying next door with a man who handled maintenance for the apartment complex.

Hines' execution was the 11th so far this year in Texas.

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