Witness testimony in the aggravated murder trial of an Oakwood woman is set to begin this morning in Defiance County Common Pleas Court after jury selection and opening statements were completed Monday afternoon.
The jury was seated just before 4 p.m. yesterday in the trial of 46 year old Judith Hawkey, charged with aggravated murder; four counts of endangering children; and insurance fraud.
Hawkey is accused of having her then 10-year-old stepson (now 20) to shoot and kill her husband — Robert Breininger, the boy’s father — on Nov. 3, 2003 at their home in Mark Center. The shooting was ruled accidental at the time, but recent statements by the boy allowed authorities to charge Hawkey with the crime.
Hawkey is also accused of “torturing or cruelly abusing” the child over several years and collecting the life insurance proceeds from Breininger’s death.
Hawkey is being held on a $3 million cash bond at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.
If convicted of aggravated murder, Hawkey could be sentenced to life in prison.