A 33-year-old man, Keith Haynes, has been sentenced to spend the remainder of his life behind bars for the heinous act of killing his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend, Kenishia Walker, and her unborn child during Easter weekend in 2017. This brutal incident unfolded tragically, leaving Walker’s 8-year-old son to discover her lifeless body.
The Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office revealed that a jury, on Monday, Dec. 11, convicted Haynes of capital murder in connection with the 2017 shooting death. Walker, who was pregnant with Haynes’ child at the time, fell victim to this horrific crime. The jury’s verdict automatically led to Haynes being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The appalling event occurred on April 14, 2017, when Haynes fatally shot Walker in her bed, an act witnessed by her young son who later discovered her lifeless body. Haynes was apprehended by authorities in his apartment a few days after the tragic incident.
Reports indicate that at the time of the crime, Haynes was employed by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department as a detention officer in the courtesy patrol division, as noted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Disturbingly, Walker had expressed fears for her life, anticipating the tragedy that eventually unfolded. She had reportedly shared text conversations with a friend, stating, “If I ever come up dead, please show the police this and other screenshots.”
Assistant District Attorney Allenna Bangs characterized Haynes as “such a coward” and emphasized the importance of acknowledging Kenishia’s life and the significance of the unborn baby’s existence. In a statement to the jury, Assistant District Attorney Sarah Sherman highlighted that the evidence pointed unequivocally to Haynes as the perpetrator, dispelling any mystery surrounding the case.
The conviction and sentencing of Keith Haynes mark a somber conclusion to a tragic chapter, bringing a semblance of justice for the lives lost and the enduring trauma inflicted upon Walker’s surviving child. The legal proceedings underscore the severity of the crime and the determination of the justice system to hold the perpetrator accountable for this reprehensible act.