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Man claims he stabbed wife multiple times in self-defense

A Lawton man accused of stabbing his wife to death told police he killed her in self-defense, court records show.

Herbert D. Haynes was charged Wednesday in Comanche County District Court with one count of second-degree murder. The information charging him with the crime alleges he engaged in conduct with "total indifference" to the life and safety of another that was likely to result in death when he stabbed Irene Haynes, 48, repeatedly the night of Jan. 22 at Budget Inn, 1411 NW Cache.

Comanche County District Court Special Judge Joe B. Reeves ordered Haynes, who has a long history of criminal convictions for robbery, battery of a prisoner and drug possession, to be held in lieu of a $500,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison. 

The medical examiner's office said Irene Haynes died as the result of a stab wound to the neck, but an affidavit filed in court said she was stabbed multiple times in the body, head and neck. Amy Eliot, spokesperson for the medical examiner's office, said she could not disclose any details of the autopsy, including how many times the victim had been stabbed, until the report is completed.

Dispatcher received a call from Herbert Haynes around 9:15 p.m. Jan. 22 in which he said he believed his wife was dead. Irene Haynes had called her daughter about 20 minutes prior to her death asking for a ride from the hotel, where the two had been staying for about a month, and an affidavit said the husband could be heard yelling in the background during an apparent argument.

Irene Haynes' daughter didn't have a means of transportation to the hotel at that time, but she called back just prior to his calling 911. He reportedly told the young woman that her mother left the hotel on foot to meet her, but called her back after the 911 call and said her mother was dead, according to court documents.

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