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Date of Birth 3 April 1927Houston, Texas, USA
Date of Death 28 April 2017Trinity, Texas, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameRichard Michael Haynes
Nickname Racehorse
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Legendary colorful and flamboyant Texas criminal defense attorney Richard "Racehorse" Haynes was born on April 3, 1927 in Houston, Texas. The son of a San Antonio, Texas plasterer, Haynes worked the summers in the oil fields prior to winning a scholarship to the University of Houston. He twice served in the armed forces: He was decorated for heroics at Iwa Jima while serving a stint in the Marine Corps during World War II and was also an Army paratrooper during the Korean War. Following graduation from the Bates College of Law in 1956, Haynes set up his own private practice. A protégé of equally well-regarded defense attorney Percy Foreman, Richard was once referred to as one of the top six criminal lawyers in America by "Time" magazine. Among the people he represented in famous court cases are Houston plastic surgeon John Hill, who was accused of allegedly killing his socialite wife; entertainer Morganna Roberts (a.k.a "The Kissing Bandit"), and wealthy Texas oil heir Thomas Cullen Davis, who he defended in Davis' notorious murder trial in 1977. Richard and his wife, Naomi Haynes, were the parents of four children. Haynes resided in Trinity, Texas and still continued to practice law well into his 80s. He died at age 90 on April 28, 2017.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

Spouse (2)

Naomi Ruth Younger (28 June 1950 - 28 April 2017) (his death) (4 children)
Naomi Ruth Younger (28 June 1950 - 13 June 2013) (her death) (4 children)

Trivia (4)

Earned the nickname Racehorse while playing football in junior high school.
Graduate of Reagan High School in Houston, Texas and the University of Houston. Graduated from Bates College of Law in 1956.
Was a Texas amateur boxing welterweight champion in the 1940's.
Legendary flamboyant defense lawyer based in Houston, TX. He began practicing law in 1956, specializing in drunk-driving cases, and between that time and 1968, he defended 163 clients and won every case. He defended almost 40 clients accused of capital murder; none of those who were convicted got the death penalty.

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