MURDER TRIAL CONTINUES IN DEFIANCE

A dozen wit­nesses tes­ti­fied for the pros­e­cu­tion Tues­day in the aggra­vated mur­der trial of an Oak­wood woman in Defi­ance County Court.

The trial of 46 year old Judith Hawkey began Tues­day. Hawkey stands accused of aggra­vated mur­der; four counts of endan­ger­ing chil­dren; and insur­ance fraud.

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

Hawkey also is accused of allegedly abus­ing the boy.

The defense argues that Corey Breininger shot his father acci­den­tally, which was the county sheriff’s office rul­ing in 2003 as they were dis­cussing gun safety.

The pros­e­cu­tion alleges the boy shot his father on his mother’s orders while he was sleep­ing.

Tes­ti­mony con­tin­ues today.

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