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HAWKEY GUILTY

A jury in Defi­ance County on Fri­day found a woman guilty of aggra­vated mur­der and five other charges.

The ver­dict was handed down against 46 year old Judith Hawkey on charges of aggra­vated mur­der; four counts of endan­ger­ing chil­dren; and insur­ance fraud.

Hawkey’s $3 mil­lion bond was imme­di­ately revoked, and the judge ordered a pre-sentence inves­ti­ga­tion. Sen­tenc­ing is now set for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 19.

Hawkey now faces a sen­tence of life impris­on­ment on the aggra­vated mur­der charge alone.

Her trial, on charges that she caused her then ten year old step­son to shoot and kill her hus­band back on 2003, began on Oct. 28 and ended with clos­ing argu­ments Fri­day morn­ing and jury delib­er­a­tion in the after­noon. The jury reached its ver­dict around 4 p.m. Friday.

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