Keith Haynes has been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Kenisha Walker. The verdict, delivered in a Tarrant County courtroom, marks the conclusion of a case that has deeply impacted the local community.
Assistant District Attorney Allenna Bangs led the prosecution, emphasizing the significance of the lives lost. The tragedy unfolded on the morning of April 14, 2017, when Walker’s 8-year-old son discovered her lifeless body in her bedroom, a traumatic experience that has undoubtedly left lasting scars.
The investigation into Walker’s death quickly focused on Haynes, leading to his arrest at his apartment in Plano. The evidence presented in court highlighted the fear Walker lived in during her final days, including text messages she sent to a friend expressing concern for her safety and outlining instructions in case something happened to her. These messages also revealed that Haynes had planned a deceitful encounter with Walker, asking her to leave her door unlocked under false pretenses.
The Arlington Police Department’s Homicide Unit played a crucial role in the investigation, leading to Haynes’ arrest and subsequent conviction. Their work, in collaboration with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, has been recognized for bringing justice in this tragic case.
This sentence brings closure to a case that has highlighted the need for awareness and protection for individuals in potentially dangerous relationships. The community is left to remember Walker and her unborn child, whose lives were tragically cut short. The case serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle to combat domestic violence and protect those at risk.