TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A new court ruling in a shooting over a decade ago is raising questions about whether an Ohio woman really convinced her 10-year-old adopted son to kill his father.
A state appeals court has ordered a new trial for Judith Hawkey. She’s serving a life sentence after being convicted of aggravated murder and insurance fraud in 2013.
The boy who’s now an adult testified she coerced him to shoot his father and make it look like an accident back in 2003 in rural northwestern Ohio.
Hawkey’s attorney says there are many inconsistencies in his story.
But prosecutors say the appeals court ruling from late March shouldn’t have thrown out the testimony of three witnesses.
They want the appeals court to reconsider its ruling calling for another trial.