A San Diego doctor and his wife have been shot and killed by their 22-year-old son, a San Diego Police spokeswoman said Saturday.
Doctor David Ellis Haynes, age 61, and his wife, Lissa Danielle Haynes, 62, were discovered by responding officers and EMS, shot multiple times, in their home in Point Loma just after 3 a.m. Friday. Police say the doctor was able to call 911 as he lay on the floor. It was the day after Thanksgiving.
When Paramedics arrived at the home the couple was still clinging to life, although Lissa was unconscious. Both were pronounced dead not long after arriving at UCSD Medical Center.
Peter D Haynes of San Diego, the couple’s adult son, was arrested about 4 hours after the shooting when police spotted him trying to sneak under crime-scene tape in the dark. He was found with a handgun in his possession.
While the motive is under investigation, San Diego Police say there are no other suspects. According to his sister, Peter Haynes has been treated for paranoid schizophrenia.
Case Update, March 24, 2017:
Peter David Haynes changed his mind at the last minute before his trial and confessed to two counts of First Degree Murder today.
Haynes, now age 25, had originally entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in the deaths of his father and mother – ER physician Doctor David Haynes, and Lissa Haynes.
“My wife has been shot in the chest. I think she might be dead.” (the 911 recording of Doctor David Haynes)
Pathologist Steven Campman said in deposition that Lissa Haynes was shot first and only once. The bullet pierced her heart and left lung, and she died within minutes.
David Haynes was shot 9 times. He had 6 wounds in his back, Campman said. One bullet damaged his spinal cord, which would have caused paralysis had he survived. Another bullet damaged his aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. Emergency surgery at UCSD was unsuccessful.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Laura Halgren accepted the pleas, and set a sentencing hearing for early June. Haynes is likely to receive a life sentence. He could be eligible for parole in 25 years, because he qualified as a “youthful offender” on the night he killed his parents.