On October 19, 1991, Mary Ann Linch went to the apartment of her friend Michelle Wendy Haupt in Carrollton, Texas, to spend the weekend. Linch brought with her a Marlboro cigarette carton in which only four packs remained. She had purchased the cigarettes at Brookshires in Corsicana, Texas, and the carton contained a stamp showing Brookshires Store on the side. Linch left the carton at Haupts when they left that evening to go to a nightclub. Linch had intended to return to Haupts, but instead spent the night with another friend.
Linch testified that when they went to the club, Haupt was wearing a gold sand-dollar charm necklace which she always wore. During the evening, Haupt became ill. Another friend drove Haupt back to her apartment and then left. He testified that Haupt locked the door behind him.
Meanwhile, at Haupts apartment complex, Hines appeared uninvited at a party. When the hostess asked him who he was, he identified himself as the brother of the apartment manager. He told another guest that he was part of the maintenance crew at the complex. He pulled out a ring of keys and stated that he could get into any apartment he wanted to at any time.
At approximately 6:00 a.m. on October 20, 1991, Haupts next-door neighbor heard a woman screaming. He could not determine the source of the screams, but his wife called the police. Two police officers were dispatched to the scene, but the screaming had ended before they arrived. After inspecting the premises, the officers could not determine where the screams had come from and they left. Two other residents in the apartment directly below Haupts also heard screaming loud enough to awaken them. One testified that he also heard other loud noises that sounded like a bowling ball being dropped on [Haupts] floor. He heard this noise at least 20 times. The screaming lasted for approximately 15 minutes. The resident of an adjacent downstairs apartment also heard the screaming.
Just before noon that morning, the residents discussed what they had heard and became concerned for Haupt. The apartment leasing manager was persuaded to check Haupts apartment. After knocking and receiving no answer, the manager opened the door and saw Haupt lying on the floor just inside the door. The cord was around her neck and she appeared to be dead. The manager had someone call an ambulance.
Haupt was found dressed in only a robe and lying face up on the floor. There were puncture wounds to her chest area and the cord from the stereo was wrapped around her neck. The robe was stained with blood, but it had no holes to correspond with the puncture wounds to Haupts body, indicating the robe was placed on her body after the wounds were inflicted. Further, the belt to the robe was tied tighter than a person would normally tie it against her own body. An ice pick was found on the nearby couch. Hines fingerprint and bloody palm print were found within the apartment.
Dr. Jeffrey Bernard, the Dallas County Chief Medical Examiner, testified that the cause of Haupts death was strangulation and puncture wounds. She had stereo speaker wire drawn tightly around her neck, abrasions to her neck and jaw, contusions on her neck and a fractured hyoid bone. She had approximately 18 puncture wounds [and] hemorrhaging. Barnard testified that the puncture wounds could have been made by the object found on the couch.
Later the same day, Hines was found to be in possession of Haupts gold sand-dollar charm. He had blood on some of his clothing, as well as scratches under his eye, and on his neck and cheek. Other objects from Haupts apartment, including the Brookshires cigarette carton, were found under the couch where Hines had been sleeping.