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Prosecutors go over text messages, evidence in Hank Hawes case

Published: Oct. 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The trial of the man accused of stabbing a USC professor to death continued on Friday.

Hank Hawes is charged with the murder of Jennifer Wilson, a teacher who investigators say Hawes met online.

Prosecutors went over months of texts from the suspect's phone, revealing the bumpy relationship between Hawes and Wilson.

They also showed Hawes was talking to other women, including texts where he asked at least two other women to meet up.

In June, a month before the alleged murder, prosecutors say Hawes texted Wilson about having a baby.

Wilson reportedly told him they had "no right bringing a baby into this world," because of their "stormy relationship."

Another witness, a social worker with the Department of Mental Health, Hawes told him that the wounds on his arms were "defensive wounds" during an interview at Alvin S. Glenn.

A witness from SLED told the jury that a number of items were removed from the home as evidence: three bloody knives, underwear, and other items.

That DNA worker said that the DNA found on the three bloody knives and other objects, for the most part, included DNA from both Wilson and Hawes.

Finally, the Chief Medical Examiner for Richland County talked about the autopsy he performed on Wilson.He says she suffered a collection of cuts, stab wounds, bruises, and blunt force trauma to the head.

The state has not yet rested.

However, the defense might present its first witness today – a blood pattern expert – who has to return to Chicago, Illinois, and won't be available again until next Wednesday.

In the past, the defense has said this was a crime of passion – the question might be whether it was murder or not.

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