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Woman stabs, kills husband in domestic dispute

Posted October 18, 2008

— A Roanoke Rapids woman stabbed her husband several times, killing him after an argument Friday, according to the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

Rosa and Jerry Wayne Hawkins began to argue at a friend's house near the Roanoke Rapids airport, Detective R. Rooks said. At some point, Rosa Hawkins grabbed a knife and stabbed her husband, authorities said.

Jerry Hawkins managed to get out of the house and went to the home of a neighbor, who called 911, Rooks said.

Jerry Hawkins was transported to Halifax Regional Medical Center, but died there.

Deputies B. Griffin and R. Williams located Rosa Hawkins at her home and arrested her, Rooks said.

Rosa Hawkins was charged with first-degree murder and placed in the Halifax County Jail without bond. Her first court appearance was set for Nov. 5.

Jerry and Rosa Hawkins lived together in a Roanoke Rapids home, Rooks said.


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  • findoutthefacts Oct 21, 2008

    You ladies are soooooo funny! So quick to jump on the bandwagon that she was justified in what she did. Maybe she has a black eye because she got punched in the midst of stabbing her husband to death. Do you all not remember the old grandma under investigation for killing off 5 husbands?

    It amazes me that anytime a husband kills a wife, he is wrong, wrong, wrong no matter what. But before you know the circumstances of this situation, you think she was justified.

  • PJM Oct 20, 2008

    why does she have a black eye? Could he have put his hands on her in a non loving way? Then she had every right to defend herself. Its a shame....that if this is the case that a woman who was defending herself from possible serious injury or even death could be charged. Where is the justice?

  • Scubagirl Oct 20, 2008

    not enough details for a real unbiased opinion but it would seem to me that 1st degree might end up being reduced after more facts are in.