Family Suffers First Christmas Without Murdered Son


A Northwest High School football player accused of murder has been denied bond. The murder victim's family says this is going to be a tough Christmas for them.

The stockings are hung and Christmas tree decorated, but for the Haynes family the holiday just isn't the same. It's the first Christmas without their son, Darnell.

He was shot and killed back in July. His were parents were very emotional when they found out. Now during Christmas those same feelings come back.

"It's very hard. The best time to be with your family is Christmastime, you know, and now we have one missing. That's a big hole in this house," said Darnell's Mom, Theresa Haynes.

Theresa said Darnell was a good father and kind. The one silver lining they can find right now, Omaha police have made an arrest in the case. 18-year-old Mitchell Wynne has been charged with first degree murder.

In court Monday afternoon prosecutors claimed Wynne admitted to a friend that he called Darnell and arranged a meeting with him, then shot him. They believe the motive involved drug transactions. Wynne was denied bond.

Wynne's attorney, James Martin Davis, said he is one of the most surprising defendants he's ever had in a murder case. "He was a star running back at Northwest High. His grade-point average is 3.85, which is extraordinary. He's had athletic as well as scholarship offers."

Wynne's father is a former high school football star and his mother is a teacher. The two families lives have been changed forever this holiday season. One is behind bars, the other is gone. "There's nothing I can do to replace him. All I have now is his picture and his urn," said Theresa.

Wynne's next court appearance is scheduled for January 28th.


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