Murder trial for Point Loma man set for January
by NEAL PUTNAM
Published - 10/25/16 - 02:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Peter Haynes
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A judge has set a double murder trial for Jan. 31, 2017 for a Point Loma man accused of killing his parents in 2014.

Additionally, Peter Haynes, 24, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the Nov. 28, 2014, deaths of his parents, David and Lissa Haynes, who were shot to death around 3 a.m., a few hours after Thanksgiving Day.

Haynes appeared Oct. 24 before San Diego Superior Court Judge Laura Halgren for a status conference to make sure the case was on track. The trial was earlier set for Oct. 18, but it was delayed after Haynes entered his insanity plea in August.

Psychiatrists were ordered to evaluate him and their testimony will be heard in the sanity phase of the trial. The guilt phase will start first, and if jurors convict him, they will then go into the sanity phase to determine whether he was sane or insane when he killed his parents.

David Haynes, 62, called 911 and told a dispatch officer his son had shot his mother to death and that his son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. More gunshots were heard on the tape when David Haynes was mortally wounded.

The dramatic 911 tape recording was played in the Jan. 12 preliminary hearing before Halgren. She ordered him to stand trial for two murders and with two special circumstance charges of committing multiple homicides and while lying in wait.

A pathologist testified that Lissa Haynes, 61, was shot first and only once. A bullet to her chest pierced her heart and lung and she died within minutes. David Haynes was shot nine times with six wounds to the back, said the pathologist.

A detective testified there were shell casings found in the garden outside and it was believed the shooter crouched down and shot into the house at both victims. Peter Haynes showed up at the house later and a Glock semi-automatic pistol was found in his pants pocket.

Court proceedings were suspended for a year after Peter Haynes was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial. He returned from a state mental hospital after a judge determined he had regained his mental competency.

Peter Haynes remains in jail without bail.

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