As of 2/3/14: On January 30, 2014, Craig Houser was arrested on two counts of capital murder for the deaths of Charlie and Kathy Hayes. He is awaiting extradition from Arkansas to Texas, where he will face trial.
Charles Hayes, 36 and Kathy Hayes, 37
La Porte, Texas
DATE OF CRIME:
September 27, 1997
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES:
La Porte Police Department
DETECTIVES / GUEST EXPERTS:
Lieutenant Tammy McBeath (LPPD), Detective Danny Jones (LPPD), Johnny Bonds, Alan Brown.
Charlie and Kathy Hayes were both born and raised in La Porte, TX, a small town outside of Houston. They dated throughout high school, but after graduation went their separate ways. One day, many years later, the two spotted each other while stopped at a red light in La Porte’s town center. They resumed their romance soon after and eventually got married. Music was big part of both their lives, and after they moved in together Charlie converted their garage into a music studio where their southern rock-and-roll band would practice. Charlie played lead guitar and Kathy sang. Then, in the early morning of September 27th 1997, the La Porte, PD were called to the Hayes home by Charles’ teenage daughter Tiffenie. When the officers arrived, they found Charlie sitting in a chair, his head covered with blood, and more spattered throughout the room. His wife, Kathy, was found lying face down on the ground in the hallway with her head bashed in, dead at the scene. Charles was flown to a nearby hospital, and died shortly after he arrived. There was no forced entry into the house and nothing had been stolen. The weapon, a claw hammer, was found lying in a nearby concrete culvert the next day. Their killer has never been found. Lt. Tammy McBeath and Detective Danny Jones have been with the La Porte PD for over 25 years, and have never given up seeking justice for Charles and Kathy and their families.