DEFIANCE MURDER TRIAL CONTINUES TODAY

Tes­ti­mony con­tin­ued Wednes­day in the trial of an Oak­wood woman who is accused of arraing­ing the mur­der of her hus­band.

46 year old Judith Hawkey is charged with aggra­vated mur­der; four counts of endan­ger­ing chil­dren; and insur­ance fraud. Her trial began on Oct. 28.

The charges allege that she caused her then 10-year-old step­son who is now 20 years old, to shoot and kill her hus­band, the boy’s father back in Novem­ber of 2003 at their home in Mark Cen­ter.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Hawkey also abused the boy phys­i­cally and com­mit­ted insur­ance fraud by col­lect­ing ben­e­fits from her husband’s death.

Yesterday’s tes­ti­mony cen­tered around a book titled “A Child Called It”, which is the story of the author’s expe­ri­ences as an abused child. Defense attor­neys say there are many sim­i­lar­i­ties with the abuse case and the claims made by Hawkey’s step-son.

Hawkey’s daugh­ter from a pre­vi­ous rela­tion­ship tes­ti­fied that she had read the book “A Child Called It.” And she tes­ti­fied that she saw her step-brother with the book while he was in sixth grade.

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