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Husband Accused of Slaying Makes First Court...

Posted December 27, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— An attorney for a Wilson man accused of murder said after a court hearing Friday that he doubts his client even knows his wife is dead.

"He sits in his cell and he stares," said Joe Cheshire, a prominent criminal defense attorney hired by the family of Tim Hawks.

Hawks make his first court appearance today in Wilson County. He is charged with killing his wife, Kelly Hawks, a local school teacher, two days before Christmas.

Relatives say Hawks was diagnosed several years ago with manic depression and was taking medication.

Hawks, a fourth-grade teacher at New Hope Elementary, was shot twice Monday night at close range with a .22-caliber rifle in the couple's Waverly Road home. Tim Hawks turned himself in to police hours after the slaying.

Kelly Hawks, 35, was buried at 11 a.m. Friday in Henderson.