31-year-old James Hawkins of Memphis, Tenn. has been charged in the brutal murder Charlene Gaither in February of 2008. Gaither and Hawkins had three children together. Gaither was killed five months after Hawkins had been paroled from prison after serving 15 years for robbery.
What makes this story even more tragic is that not only did their then 12-year-old daughter witness the murder but Hawkins allegedly forced the girl to help him dismember the body. The girl claims she could only look away when her mother’s head fell to the floor after cutting it off with an electric saw.
When the girl protested that she didn’t want to do this anymore Hawkins allegedly said “Do you want to die too?”
Gaither’s body was found without her head hands or feet. She was identified through DNA.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
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