Testimony in the murder trial of 46 year old Judith Hawkey concluded Thursday afternoon in Defiance County Common Pleas Court.
Hawkey is charged with aggravated murder; four counts of endangering children; and insurance fraud in connection with the death back in November of 2003 of her husbanc. Her trial began on Oct. 28.
Closing arguments will take place today.
The charges against Hawkey 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, on Nov. 3, 2003, at their home in Mark Center. Hawkey also allegedly abused the boy physically and committed insurance fraud by collecting benefits from her husband’s death.
The defense has argued throughout the trial that the shooting was accidental, which was the county sheriff office’s initial ruling in 2003.