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WILSON — An attorney for a Wilson man accusedof murder said after a court hearing Friday that he doubts hisclient even knows his wife is dead.

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

Hawks make his firstcourt appearance today in Wilson County. He is charged withkillinghis wife, Kelly Hawks, a local school teacher, two days before Christmas.

Relatives say Hawks was diagnosed several years ago with manicdepression 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 thecouple's Waverly Road home. Tim Hawks turned himself in to police hoursafterthe slaying.

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

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