Anthony Darrell Hines was convicted of
raping, robbing and murdering a Kingston Springs motel maid in 1985.
Between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. on
3 March 1985 the body of Katherine Jean Jenkins was discovered wrapped
in a sheet in Room 21 of the CeBon Motel off Interstate 40 at Kingston
Springs. The victim was a maid at the motel and had been in the
process of cleaning the room when she was killed. Her outer clothing
had been pulled up to her breasts. Her panties had been cut or torn in
two pieces and were found in another area of the room. A $20 bill had
been placed under the wrist band of her watch.
The cause of death was
multiple stab wounds to the chest. Four deep, penetrating wounds,
ranging from 2.5 inches to 6.4 inches in depth, had been inflicted
about the victim's chest with a knife similar to a butcher knife or a
hunting knife. Other superficial cuts were found in the area of the
neck and clavicle. There was also a knife wound which penetrated
through the upper portion of the vagina into the mesentery in the
lower part of the abdominal cavity. Dr. Charles Harlan who performed
the autopsy on the victim's body testified that in view of the small
amount of blood in the vaginal vault it was his opinion the wound
occurred at or about the time of death. The victim also had what he
described as "defensive wounds" on her hands and arms.
Jenkins had been left in
charge of the motel at about 9:30 a.m. At that time the occupants of
Rooms 9, 21 and 24 had not yet checked out. When the manager left her
in charge she was given a Cheatham County State Bank bag containing
$100 in small bills to make change for motel guests as they paid. The
bank bag, bloody and empty, was discovered in the room with her body.
It was her established habit to lock her automobile at all times and
to keep her keys and billfold on her person when she worked. Her car
keys, billfold and her 1980 silver-colored Volvo were missing.
On 1 March 1985 defendant had
departed by bus from Raleigh, North Carolina. He had been given a non-refundable
Bowling Green, Kentucky and
$20 in spending money. The traveling time from Raleigh, North Carolina
to Nashville, Tennessee was approximately 17 hours. Prior to his
departure he was observed by a witness to be carrying a hunting knife
in a sheath which was concealed beneath his shirt. The witness
admonished him that he could not carry a knife like that on the bus to
which he responded "I never go anywhere naked." "I always have my
Sometime in the early morning
hours of 3 March 1985 he checked in and was assigned to Room 9 at the
CeBon Motel. He was wearing a green army-type fatigue jacket, fatigue
pants and boots.
He was next seen at
approximately 9:30 a.m. walking in a direction from his room toward a
drink machine. At that time he told the manager he was not yet ready
to check out. He was also seen sometime prior to 9:30 purchasing a
sandwich at a deli-restaurant across the street from the motel.
The same witness who saw
defendant also saw another stranger there somewhere between 1:30 and
2:30 who she described as taller than defendant with dark hair, kinky
looking and wild-eyed. He departed the restaurant in the general
direction of the CeBon Motel.
The Cehatham County Sheriff
testified that he responded to a call to the CeBon Motel at 2:37 p.m.
When he arrived on the scene blood spots in the room were beginning to
dry and the body was beginning to stiffen. Defendant was seen between
11:00 and 11:30 a.m. walking from the direction of the Interstate
toward the CeBon Motel.
At 12:40 p.m. a witness saw
the victim's Volvo automobile pulling out from the CeBon Motel
driveway. It was being operated by a person who appeared to be a man
with very short, light colored hair. The vehicle crossed over the
Interstate and turned east on Interstate 40. She followed behind and
endeavored to catch up but it sped off toward Nashville at a high rate
of speed. Defendant was next identified in possession of the car a few
miles past Gallatin on Interstate 65, heading in the direction of
Bowling Green, Kentucky.
A group of young people first
endeavored to help him start the stalled automobile and then gave him
a ride to Bowling Green. During the trip to Bowling Green one of these
witnesses observed some dried blood on the right shoulder of his shirt.
He carried a jacket which he kept folded.
After he arrived at his
sister's home in Bowling Green defendant told her he had endeavored to
pay another day's rent at a motel when he was attacked by the motel
operator. He demonstrated to her how he had stabbed the man. He also
related to her he had a sum of money. She could not remember whether
he said $35,000 or $3,500. Defendant also told his sister's husband he
had earned approximately $7,000 working as a mechanic in North
Carolina. He displayed a set of keys to a Volvo automobile and
explained that a man who had given him a ride attempted to rob him.
Defendant purportedly grabbed
the steering wheel and when the car ran off the road he grabbed the
keys and ran. According to the witness he was wearing an army fatigue
jacket which had something large, heavy and bulky in the pocket. The
witness had previously seen defendant with a survival knife with a 6
1/2 to 7 inch blade hanging from his belt.
When defendant was taken into
custody he volunteered the statement that he had taken the woman's car
but had not killed her. According to the arresting officer he had not
advised the defendant that a woman had been killed prior to the
volunteered statement. There was evidence however that defendant was
aware he had been charged in Tennessee on a murder warrant.
The victim's wallet was found
wrapped in a thermal underwear shirt a short distance from where her
car was found abandoned. The key to Room 9 of the CeBon Motel was
found at the site where defendant had been camping out near Cave City,
Kentucky. When asked by a TBI agent to tell the truth about the death
of Katherine Jenkins defendant stated that if the officer could
guarantee him the death penalty he would confess and tell him all
about the murder and that he could tell him everything he wanted to
know if he was of a mind to. There were marks on the wall of Room 9 at
the CeBon Motel apparently made by someone stabbing a knife into the
wall. When shown photographs of the marks on the wall defendant
responded that they were knife marks. These marks were obviously made
by a knife larger than two taken from defendant at the time of his
Anthony Darrell Hines