Cold Justice: S2 E3 – “High School Sweethearts”

Cold Justice: Season 2: Episode 3 – Aired: January 31, 2014


The 1997 deaths of Charles and Kathy Hayes in La Porte, Texas are investigated. Charlie and Kathy dated throughout high school, but went their separate ways after graduation. Many years later, they saw each other while stopped at a red light, resumed their romance soon and eventually got married.

Charles converted their garage into a music studio for their southern rock-and-roll band to practice. On September 27, 1997, the police were called to the home by Charles’ teenage daughter Tiffenie. Officers found Charles sitting in a chair, his head covered with blood, and more spattered throughout the room.

Kathy was found dead, lying face down in the hallway with her head bashed in. Charles was flown to a nearby hospital and died shortly after arrival. There was no forced entry into the house and nothing had been stolen. The weapon, a claw hammer, was found in a nearby concrete culvert the next day.

On January 30, 2014, Craig Houser, Charles’ second cousin, was arrested on two counts of capital murder for the Hayes deaths.

News Release:

La Porte Police close cold case capital murder
October 10, 2014

In January of this year, La Porte investigators also made an arrest and filed Capital Murder charges on Gordon Craig Houser for the 1997 Murders of Charles and Kathy Hayes.


Man charged with capital murder in La Porte cold case
February 4, 2014 | Y.C. OROZCO

OROZCO La Porte police on Friday assisted in the arrest of Gordon Craig Houser. Houser was charged with capital murder in a 17-year-old murder case. … Houser remains in Arkansas’ Polk County Jail, pending …

Arkansas man charged in 1997 deaths of La Porte couple
February 4, 2014 | Mike Glenn

Gordon Craig Houser, 53, was arrested Friday at his home in Wickes, Ark. … Once returned to Texas, Houser will be held without bail. Houser has a previous criminal history in Harris County.


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