Alleged serial killer Steven Hobbs appeared in Harris County courthouse when the attorney wanted the police statement thrown out

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Suspected serial killer Steven Alexander Hobbs was on trial Wednesday as his attorney argued to suppress his 2011 testimony to police.

Hobbs, 51, is the longest-serving inmate at the Harris County Jail. He has been behind bars since his arrest in 2011. During his hearing, his hair was longer and grayer. He was wearing yellow overalls, indicating a high-security inmate.

“These are all allegations at this point,” said defense attorney Mandy Miller. “We’ll see what they can prove in court.”

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Hobbs is accused of killing Sarah Sanford and Patricia Pyatt and is a suspect in the murder of Wanda Trombley. He is also accused of two rapes, one kidnapping and two aggravated assaults with a deadly weapon. Investigators believe he used his job as a gunman to rob sex workers in eastern Harris County between 2002 and 2011.

At the hearing, the court saw Hobbs in his uniform as the defense argued to suppress his 2011 videotaped testimony to Pasadena police.

“He is invoking his right to legal counsel,” Miller said after the hearing.

She added that after only two minutes in the interview room, Hobbs asked for a lawyer and felt the rest of the testimony should be thrown out.

The state argued that the actual attorney request came after Hobbs spoke for more than an hour about how he liked picking up women for sex.

“We don’t think he was clear at the beginning of the testimony,” countered District Attorney Jennifer Meriwether of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

District Judge Natalia Cornelio will rule in the next few weeks.

During the hearing, prosecutors revealed that Hobbs had applied for a job with the Galena Park Police Department prior to his arrest and that several living victims will be on their witness list. Investigators said 10 women came forward after Hobbs was arrested.

Jury selection is scheduled for May 2, with opening statements and testimonies beginning soon after. New DNA testing, Hurricane Harvey, and the pandemic delayed Hobbs’ trial over the years.

“It’s definitely been a long time and time for closure for everyone involved,” Meriwether added.

If Hobbs is convicted, the state will not seek the death penalty.

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