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Search Continues for Missing Hanford Woman
Saturday, June 17, 2006 | 10:40 AM

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-- There's now a $10,000 reward for information in the case of Debbie Hawk, and today, dozens of friends and family members will be out in Hanford giving out flyers with pictures of the missing mother.

Debbie Hawk disappeared from her Hanford home sometime between Monday and Tuesday evening.

Fresno police are also interested in her husband, Dave Hawk, but for another case.

Fresno sources tell Action News that Debbie Hawk's ex-husband is a person of interest in the attack on Fresno lawyer Kim Aguirre.

Aguirre represented Debbie Hawk in a messy divorce settlement with her husband in 2000.
Two weeks ago, Aguirre was shot outside his Fresno office, just one day before the couple were scheduled for a custody hearing.

Hanford police say they are aware of the connection and say someone close to Debbie Hawk called Fresno police shortly after Aguirre was shot, suggesting they should investigate Dave Hawk.

Hanford police are now considering Hawk's ex-husband a person of interest in her disappearance as well.

"He's a person of interest for us also, and just like everybody that had contact with her within the last few hours of her coming up missing, they are also persons of interest," said Lieutenant Greg Freiner, from the Hanford Police Department.

Hawk went missing earlier this week when her three children came home and discovered blood inside her Hanford house.

On Thursday, police found more blood in Hawk's minivan. It was abandoned in southwest Fresno.

Hanford police say so far, all those who spoke to Hawk on the day she disappeared have been helpful in the investigation, including her ex-husband.

"He's been cooperative. He came in and talked to us, the children are with him at this time as far as I know and we've been continuing to have contact with the family," said Freiner.

On Friday, friends and relatives spent the day posting flyers throughout Hanford. They are planning to put more up over the weekend and they still have hope Hawk will turn up alive.

"We just don't know. You never think it could happen to you and now that it has, we just don't know what to do. There's a lot of land out there to cover ... she could be anywhere," said friend Marcus Weston.
Hanford police again do not have any suspects in the case.

Divorce records show Debbie Hawk had an on-again, off-again boyfriend. In one instance, Dave Hawk complained to the court his children were afraid to be alone in the house with that boyfriend and that he gave his children "the creeps."

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A missing mom and traces of blood

Three children came home one day to an empty house with traces of blood.  All they knew was their mother, Debbie Hawk, was missing

By Rob Stafford, Correspondent NBC News updated 9:34 p.m. ET, Tues., May. 8, 2007 This report aired Tuesday, May 8 on Dateline NBC.

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HANFORD, CALIF. - If thereâ's a color that makes them think of Debbie Hawk, her friends say, it's purple.

Taryn: She was very regal and to us. She definitely fits the bill as the princess.

Eliza: She should have been a Kennedy (laughter)

But Debbie became a household name in a different way: from the missing posters hanging in her small town. Since June 13, 2006, the day 46-year-old Debbie Hawk disappeared, purple ribbons have served as reminders of a dear friend, and the hope she'll be found.

Debbie Hawk was born in Pittsburgh and spent her teenage years in California's Bay Area.  In 1988 a job selling mattresses brought her to Hanford, California, outside Fresno. Friends there set her up on a blind date with a man named David Hawk.

Rob Stafford, Dateline correspondent: What's your first impression of Debbie?

Dave Hawk, ex-husband:  Firecracker.  She was short and  attractive.  And a lot of fun.  And pretty good sense of humor.  You know, you'd say something and man, she’d pop back with something that you didnâ't quite expect.  

Dave was drawn to Debbie's quick wit and vivacious energy. They married a year after their first date and settled in the farmlands of the Central Valley, where Dave comes from a family of almond growers. Debbie's dream was to be a mom.  And she got her wish - three children, a boy and two girls.

There were plenty of happy times, like family Christmas celebrations.      

Dave Hawk: Little kids were wrapping and boxes and family all around, those are the images that I remember.

The children had a good life and their futures seemed well-provided for with trust funds set up by Dave's parents.  But after nearly nine years together, like so many marriages, this one fell apart.  

Dave Hawk: We might have been a little bit more different than we were willing to admit early on.

The couple separated in 1998 when their son was 7 years old, their daughters 6 and 2. The divorce was finalized in 2000.

Dave Hawk: Since 1998 we've gone our own ways.  With the exception of what involves our children.  And she has her life.  And I have my life.

After the divorce, Debbie worked as a pharmaceutical representative; Dave for his family's almond farm.  And the children split their time between their parents.

It wasn't easy, but they made it work until one evening in June 2006, when the Hawks' lives changed forever.

The children had been with Dave all weekend, and Debbie was supposed to pick them up Tuesday evening, June 13th. When she didn't show, Dave dropped the children off at her house and drove away.

When they walked inside the children found a frightening scene- pools of blood and disorder. And Debbie was nowhere to be found.

The girls ran to a neighbor, and Debbie's son called 911 from her house. At 2 a.m., Dave was called down to the Hanford police station.

Dave Hawk:  They said that Debbie did not come home.  And they have a missing person.  Do I know where she might be?  Or do I know of anything that might have happened to her?

Stafford: You hear Debbie is missing.  What goes through your mind at that point?

Dave Hawk:  Well, that's unusual.  Because she's never gone missing before.  And I’ve never been in a police station answering those kind of questions before.  So I'm a little apprehensive.

Debbie's friend Teresa Voyles feared the worst.

Teresa Voyles, friend: I knew something horrible must have happened because there's no way she would not pick up her kids.

Two days after her disappearance, police discovered Debbie's van 40 miles away, in southwest Fresno. There was blood inside, and the license plates had been replaced with stolen ones.

Investigator Darren Mattison: I believe someone went into her house specifically to hurt her.

Hanford police investigator Daren Matteson believes Debbie was surprised by her attacker in the house "incapacitated" and taken away in her van.

Mattison: Her van was transported to a place where it would either not be recognized or possibly be stolen.

Weeks passed and there was still no word from Debbie. Her friends handed out fliers with her picture and purple ribbons. Police and community volunteers combed through miles of fields and rivers for any sign of Debbie.

The case was reclassified from "missing person" to "homicide investigation."

Stafford:  Do you believe there's any chance she's alive?

Mattison:  No.

What had happened to Debbie Hawk? And who was responsible? Police weren't sure.  But they did have a "person of interest" - Debbie's ex-husband, Dave Hawk.  And some new, disturbing, information was coming out about his relationship with Debbie.

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If you have information on Debbie Hawk, contact the Hanford Police Department at (559)585-2540.

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No new evidence in Hawk case

Talk about a big break in the murder case followed ex-husband's arrest.

By Tim Bragg and Tim Sheehan / The Fresno Bee05/30/08 23:31:17

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HANFORD -- A day after Hanford police arrested Dave Hawk on suspicion of killing his missing ex-wife, Kings County prosecutors acknowledged they have no new evidence supporting the charge.

Hawk pleaded not guilty in court Friday to first-degree murder of Debbie Hawk, who has been missing for nearly two years. The allegation filed by the Kings County District Attorney's Office includes a special charge the crime was committed for financial gain.

Hanford police arrested Hawk, 49, shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday during a traffic stop at 15th Avenue and Grangeville Boulevard, about two miles from his Lemoore-area home. He is being held without bail at the Kings County Jail.

"The arrest led to speculation that there had been a big break in the case," Deputy District Attorney Larry Crouch said after Hawk's arraignment Friday afternoon. "The truth is, we have no new evidence; we have the evidence we've developed over the last two years."

Neither police nor prosecutors provided further details at a news conference Friday morning. But Crouch said investigators believed arresting and charging Hawk now were "in the best interests of the public." He would not elaborate.

"We were promising for months that we were going to file it," Crouch said of the murder case. "And we have."

Debbie Hawk, a 46-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative, was reported missing in June 2006 after her children returned to her Hanford home after a visit with their father. The house showed signs of a bloody struggle and her minivan was missing.

The van was found a few days later in southwest Fresno. Lab tests showed her blood was found in the home and the van. Hanford police reclassified the case as a homicide in July 2006, but repeated searches have yielded no trace of the missing woman.

Dave Hawk was a "person of interest" in the case before police declared him a prime suspect in October 2006.

At the time of Debbie Hawk's disappearance, she and Dave Hawk were engaged in a bitter court battle over allegations that he was misusing trust funds established for their three children. Hawk was charged in mid-2007 with embezzling more than $300,000 from the trust funds and was awaiting trial in that case when he was arrested Thursday.

Hawk is due back in court June 13 -- the two-year anniversary of Debbie Hawk's disappearance -- when attorneys will determine a date for a preliminary hearing at which a judge will consider whether enough evidence exists for a trial.

Hawk's attorney, Mark Coleman, said he plans to ask a judge to set a bail amount for his client; he added that because of intense media attention about the case, he likely will request the trial be moved to another county.

After Thursday's arrest triggered a fresh flood of speculation about the case in both Hanford and Lemoore, Friday's admission by prosecutors of no new evidence is likely to be a letdown for townsfolk.

It also could be problematic for a trial. Former Fresno County District Attorney Ed Hunt -- who describes himself as a friend of Hanford Police Chief Carlos Mestas -- said an arrest should indicate investigators believe they can prove their case.

For a first-degree murder conviction, Hunt said, investigators must not only prove Hawk killed his ex-wife but that he did so intentionally.

A murder conviction without a body is difficult but not impossible, he added.

"We've seen iron-clad cases fall apart," Hunt said. "They'd better have an iron-clad case."

After Thursday's arrest, police served a search warrant at Dave Hawk's home, seizing items such as a flat-screen TV, digital camera, computer and documents, Coleman said. The affidavits for all the warrants served on Hawk remained sealed Friday.

At their home Friday in rural Lemoore, Hawk's parents, Stanley and Lois Hawk, declined to speak to a reporter.

But in Lemoore itself, reward posters for his missing ex-wife still dot many downtown merchants' windows.

"A lot of people are wondering what's gong on with the charges, what kind of new evidence the police have," said Greg Lopez, co-owner of Richard and Greg's Barber Shop on Lemoore Avenue.

His customer in the barber chair, Michael Van Natta Jr., nodded in agreement. "It's been kind of like a roller coaster," he said. "People have known about it since she disappeared; when it's in the news they talk about it a lot for a while, then it dies down again until something new happens."

Sandra Lackey, a friend of Debbie Hawk who attended Friday's court hearing, said she is curious like everyone else about evidence in the case. But, she added, she doesn't want police to do anything to jeopardize the prosecution.

"I can wait," Lackey said. "I want them to do it right."

While the arrest is a welcome development, she said it won't bring her missing friend back.

"It's going to be a real long haul," Lackey said of the case. "This is just the beginning of the marathon."

Bee staff writer Erik Lacayo contributed to this report.The reporters can be reachedat tbragg@fresnobee.comor (559) 622-2417, or tsheehan@fresnobee.comor (559) 622-2410.

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Dave Hawk Makes Court Appearance

Posted: July 7, 2008 01:07 PM EDT

The man arrested in connection with the disappearance of missing Hanford mother, Debbie Hawk, was back in court on Monday.

Hawk's ex-husband, Dave Hawk, has been charged with Debbie's murder and appeared in a Hanford courtroom Monday for pre-trial proceedings. Hawk's prelim was continued until July 31st; his pre-trial hearing has been set for August 14th.

Hawk was arrested for the crime back in May; he faces enhancements including murder for financial gain and has pled not guilty to the charges.

Debbie Hawk disappeared from her Hanford home back in June of 2006. Her children found her home in disarray the next day, and police launched an extensive 2-year search for her.

Hawk and her ex-husband had been in the middle of a bitter custody battle at the time of her disappearance. Police searched Dave Hawks home multiple times after she disappeared, and in October of 2006 named him the prime suspect in the case.

Stay with KMPH and KMPH.com as we continue to follow this story.

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Dave Hawk Preliminary Hearing | Shocking Testimony from Hawk's Ex-Girlfriend

Friday, August 15, 2008 | 9:47 AM

By Jessica PeresFresno, CA, USA (KFSN) -- For the first time, south valley prosecutors revealed some of the evidence they have in the case against Dave Hawk.

Hawk is accused of murdering his ex-wife, Debbie, more than two years ago. Prosecutors began making their case for Dave Hawk to go to trial.

Debbie Hawk's father and Dave Hawk's father were the first two people to take the stand this morning. But it was the testimony of Dave Hawk's ex-girlfriend, Mary Royer, that was the most shocking and revealing.

Dave Hawk's ex-girlfriend, Mary Royer, had the most startling testimony of the day. She lived and shared a bank account with Hawk, who entered the courtroom grinning. On the witness stand, she went back and forth with Prosecutor Larry Crouch when he asked her how Dave Hawk felt about his ex-wife Debbie.

Larry Crouch: "Did he ever verbalize to you at all that he hated the woman? You said 'Absolutely' in a police interview."

Mary Royer: "I said "hated" wasn't the word."

Larry Crouch: "How did he verbalize his dislike for his ex-wife, Debbie Hawk?"

Mary Royer: "He told me that these events were not going to stop until she is dead."

Dave Hawk's attorney said the words were overdramatized in court.

Mark Coleman, Dave Hawk's Attorney: "I don't view it as particularly dramatic people go thru divorces they make statements that maybe sometimes they shouldn't have but everybody at one time or another has said something about the ex that is just expected I don't view it as motive for murder."

Debbie Hawk's parents along with other family sat in the front two rows during the hearing. Her father, Bud Triantis, was the first person to take the witness stand.

In his short testimony he said Debbie would do anything for her kids. He said the last time he talked to Debbie was at around 9:30pm, the night she went missing. Debbie Hawk disappeared on June 12, 2006. Her body has never been found.

Dave Hawk's attorney says he has seen no physical evidence that shows Dave murdered Debbie.

Mark Coleman: "None of the evidence we have so far ties Dave to the murder of Debbie Hawk

Dave hawk's father testified he and his wife put up to $100-thousand dollars in each of his grandchildren's trust funds. Trust funds, prosecutors say Dave Hawk stole more than $300-thousand dollars from.

Prosecutors say Dave Hawk wanted to get rid of his ex-wife after she insisted he pay back the money he took from the accounts.

Dave and Debbie Hawk's son was sitting in the audience with Debbie's family during the hearing.

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Dave Hawk seeking change of venue

Story Published: Oct 3, 2008 at 5:40 PM EDT

Story Updated: Oct 3, 2008 at 5:49 PM EDT

Friends of Debbie Hawk arrived at the Kings County Courthouse for a hearing involving their friend's alleged killer. The brief appearance was continued, but the prosecution and defense established those both parities now have all the evidence in the case which was used to arrest Dave Hawk.

Earlier this week the prosecutor advised the Court, it will not seek the death penalty because the Hawk children will be asked to testify in this case.

Debbie Hawk's body has never been found, but authorities believe based on the bloody mess found at her home, and other evidence, she was murdered. Just before she went missing, Dave Hawk was seeking child support and was recently alleged to have taken large sums of money from his children's trust funds.

Dave Hawk's attorney is now evaluating media coverage and preparing to possibly file a change of venue motion. His client will be back in court Oct. 31.

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Judge Denies Hawk's Request To Have Charges Dismissed

Posted: Oct 31, 2008 11:38 AM CDT

Dave Hawk wants all charges dropped in his case; a case that charges him with his ex-wife's murder and embezzling money from from his kid's.

On Friday, Hawk's attorneys presented a motion to dismiss the charges against him, but the motion was denied.

The prosecution in the case is asking the court to combine the charges against Hawk. The judge says he'll  take that motion under advisement and will give the decision next week.

Hawk faces charges in the murder of his ex-wife, Debbie Hawk, and is also accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his children's trust funds. He has pleaded not guilty.

Debbie Hawk disappeared from her Hanford home back in June of 2006. Her children found her home in disarray the next day, and police launched an extensive 2-year search for her.

Debbie and Dave had been in the middle of a bitter custody battle at the time of her disappearance. Police searched Dave Hawk's home multiple times after she disappeared, and in October of 2006 named him the prime suspect in the case.

Hawk was arrested for the crime back in May of this year; he faces enhancements including murder for financial gain and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Debbie Hawk's body has never been found.

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Sister Of Debbie Hawk Talks About The Arrest Of Dave Hawk

June 10, 2007

A day after Dave Hawk was arrested for a number of felony charges, his ex-wife's family talks about him and the arrest.

Debbie Hawk disappeared nearly a year ago. Her ex-husband Dave Hawk was arrested Friday morning but not for the murder of his ex-wife. He's charged with a number of things including tax evasion and child pornography.

Saturday Debbie's family tells Action News they were glad to hear about the arrest, and the only charge that surprised them was the child pornography charge.

Debbie's sister says she still suspects Dave was involved in her sister's murder. She also says the family has never talked to Dave about what happened.

Debbie Hawk's sister, says "what was I going to say to Dave? Did you kill my sister? The guy is a liar- I've always known he's a liar, when he was married to Debbie and after. Anything out of his mouth was a lie. We're glad there's been some action taken. These crimes he's charged with have been a long time in the works- I mean years. And this was all going on long before my sister went missing."

Debbie's family is not planning to attend his court appearance on Monday. The Hawk's daughters have been taken into protective custody. Their son is in foster care.

Debbie's parents who live in the Bay Area said they would be willing to take custody of all three children if need be.

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Dave Hawk guilty in murder of ex-wife

Posted at 11:57 AM on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 By Tim Sheehan, Eddie Jimenez and Lewis Griswold / The Fresno Bee

HANFORD -- Jurors convicted Dave Hawk on Friday of killing his ex-wife, with the foreman noting afterward they got "chills" from a secret recording in which Hawk talked hypothetically of dropping her body in a river.

On their third day of deliberations after a two-week trial, a jury of 10 women and two men found Hawk, 51, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Debbie Hawk and of embezzling more than $300,000 from trust funds set up for the couple's three children.

But the verdict didn't solve the mystery that has transfixed Kings County since Debbie Hawk disappeared from her north Hanford home in June 2006: no sign of the 46-year-old has ever been found.

The murder conviction includes a special finding -- the crime was committed for financial gain -- that will land Hawk in prison for the rest of his life. Prosecutors alleged that Hawk killed his ex-wife to keep her from exposing his misuse of the trust funds set up by his parents for the children.

Prosecutors last fall opted not to seek the death penalty for Hawk, who showed no emotion as the court clerk read the verdicts.

Judge Daniel Creed, a visiting judge from Santa Clara County who presided over the trial in Kings County Superior Court, ordered Hawk back to court for sentencing Dec. 4.

The jury also convicted Hawk on five counts of tax evasion for failing to file tax returns from 2001 to 2005 and one count of perjury for falsely stating under oath that he had filed a tax return. Hawk pleaded no contest earlier this month to a charge of loan fraud.

Hawk's attorneys agreed that Hawk mixed money from the trust funds with a household bank account but denied that he killed his ex-wife. No physical evidence tied Hawk to her disappearance and murder, his attorneys said.

But jurors said other evidence outweighed the absence of a body.

Jury foreman Kenny Knutson, 33, of Lemoore, said that when a neighbor testified about hearing screams the night Debbie Hawk disappeared, Dave Hawk's reaction seemed to be as if he "was almost remembering, yeah, that's exactly how it happened."

"That's when I first started to think he was connected to it," Knutson said.

Knutson said jurors spent time in deliberations listening to a conversation between Hawk and a friend, Keith Marshall, who secretly taped the conversation for investigators, including a passage in which Knutson recalled hearing Hawk say that "if he was a bad guy, he'd drop the body in the river."

"For some of the people, that just gave them chills," Knutson said.

In the same conversation, Hawk denied killing his ex-wife.

Juror Dee Reed, 35, of Lemoore was persuaded by other evidence.

"For me, the deciding factor was his youngest daughter stating she saw her father the month before driving by [Debbie Hawk's] house taking pictures," Reed said. "If you've been divorced that long, why would you drive by your ex-wife's house taking pictures?"

Prosecutors never elaborated on why they presented Savannah Hawk's testimony.

The defense team was "tremendously disappointed" by the verdict, said Mark Coleman, one of Hawk's attorneys.

Coleman said Creed should have granted a defense motion to move the trial out of Kings County because of the intense publicity the case had attracted in the Valley. Once Creed denied the motion, Coleman said, the defense knew the trial would be hard to win.

He said the defense plans to file a motion for a new trial.

Deputy District Attorney Larry Crouch, who prosecuted the case, alluded to a civil case that Debbie Hawk brought against her ex-husband -- but did not live to see concluded -- over Hawk's theft from the trust funds. "Today is the day Debbie Hawk finally got her hearing," Crouch said. "I'm happy about that."

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Friend will continue search for Debbie Hawk

Posted at 02:43 PM on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 By Cyndee Fontana / The Fresno Bee

Sandra Lackey always promised to seek justice for her close friend, Debbie Hawk.

Hawk, a 46-year-old mother and pharmaceutical saleswoman, vanished from her Hanford home in June 2006. She left behind blood, a ransacked house and a consuming mystery.

Friday, a jury of 10 women and two men solved part of the mystery -- and delivered on Lackey's promise -- by convicting Hawk's ex-husband, Dave, of first-degree murder in a Kings County courtroom.

For Lackey -- who attended each day of the two-week trial -- it was the only logical outcome. She said: "I would have been more surprised if they had not come back with a conviction."

The jury's decision, on the third day of deliberation, evoked both elation and disappointment. The case -- and the ongoing puzzle of Hawk's whereabouts -- has mesmerized the community for three years.

"I was pleased with what the jury did," Ione Powell said in Hanford on Saturday. "From the beginning I thought he'd done it, because of the money issues."

During the trial, prosecutors contended that Hawk, 51, killed his ex-wife because she questioned his use of their children's trust funds. Investigators found Debbie Hawk's blood in her home; several neighbors said they heard screams the day she disappeared.

But authorities had no physical evidence linking Dave Hawk to her disappearance, defense attorneys said. They also argued that he had an alibi, and that he didn't have a motive because the trust fund dispute already had become public.

Entertainer Rene Gomez of Visalia, who attended much of the trial, said he wondered about the lack of a body. But the crime "just seemed too personal," Gomez said. "Everything pointed to him [Hawk]."

Other reactions followed predictable lines for those closest to the case.

John Kenney, an elder at Lemoore Presbyterian Church, went to the trial to lend support to Dave Hawk.

"I'm very much disappointed, obviously," Kenney said. "I'm extremely sad for the girls that they're not going to have their father back for a while. I feel at least on the murder, he should have been found not guilty."

On Saturday, a woman who answered the phone at the home of Dave Hawk's parents said they had no comment.

The tone was different for those who supported the verdict. Hanford Police Chief Carlos Mestas said he was elated: "I know without a doubt that Mr. Hawk was responsible for Debbie's death."

Dave Hawk is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 4. He faces life in prison. He also was convicted on five counts of tax evasion for failing to file tax returns from 2001 to 2005, one count of perjury for falsely stating under oath that he had filed a tax return, and three counts of embezzlement.

Lackey, one of Debbie Hawk's longtime friends, said she will be in court for Hawk's sentencing. She now lives in Stanislaus County and has put roughly 70,000 miles on her car -- driving to Hanford -- since Hawk's disappearance in 2006.

Lackey said she never will stop looking for Hawk, whom she praised as a wonderful mother, co-worker and friend.

"I hope that people keep their eyes open," she said. "I won't ever give up hope."

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Hawk's children speak out at his sentencing

He gets life in prison for ex-wife's murder.

Posted at 11:14 PM on Friday, Dec. 04, 2009 By Eddie Jimenez / The Fresno Bee

HANFORD -- Dave Hawk's oldest children painted starkly contrasting portraits of their father Friday after he was sentenced to life in prison for killing their mother.

The day in court ended a murder case that has transfixed the region since Debbie Hawk, 46, went missing in June 2006. Her body has never been found.

Her son said Friday he hopes his father goes to hell for the crime; her older daughter said she still believes her father is innocent.

Three months ago, a Kings County Superior Court jury found Hawk, 51, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his ex-wife and of embezzling more than $300,000 from trust funds set up for the couple's three children.

Prosecutors last fall opted not to seek the death penalty. The murder conviction included a special finding -- the crime was committed for financial gain -- which requires life in prison without parole.

Friday's hearing was for Visiting Judge Daniel Creed to announce the sentence and for victims' statements.

Hawk's son, 19-year-old Conrad Hawk, said that his mother's death at the hands of his father has made him lose "faith that good exists in all people" and that "all things are made right in the end."

"I just hope there's still a hell to send him to," he said of his father.

He said he hoped his father would admit to his crime, beg for forgiveness and finally reveal the location of his mother's body.

Hawk, who sat a few feet from his son as he spoke, was impassive during Conrad Hawk's comments.

Dave Hawk's older daughter, 17-year-old Chelsa Hawk, praised her father, saying he is not an evil person and the sociopath that her brother and Debbie Hawk's sister, Diane Triantis, who also spoke at the hearing, called him.

Chelsa Hawk said she knows her father "better than anyone," and she is convinced he did not kill her mother.

"My dad was and still is a great father," she said.

She said she would do whatever is necessary to set her father free. She said a "biased jury" based its verdict on circumstantial evidence and a case with "many holes."

"My dad is not guilty and I love him," she said.

The Hawks' youngest daughter, Savannah, was also in court but did not speak.

Triantis called Dave Hawk "a hateful, narcissistic sociopath" and said she doubted he would ever confess to killing her sister.

Milestones and celebrations the three Hawk children experience in their lives will be without their mother, Triantis said.

That is "the legacy that Dave Hawk leaves," she said.

Debbie Hawk's father, Bud Triantis, said his daughter's life was taken away by Dave Hawk's greed and bitterness.

"Every day I still cry a little and I die a little more," he said.

On Friday morning, Creed denied a motion by Hawk's attorneys for a new trial.

His attorneys said the case should have been moved outside of Kings County because of the intense publicity. They also said a new trial was warranted because there was insufficient evidence to support the verdict.

After the sentence was rendered, Hawk's attorneys said they plan to file an appeal. A jury of 10 women and two men convicted Hawk on Aug. 28 after a two-week trial.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that Hawk killed his ex-wife to keep her from exposing his misuse of the trust funds set up by his parents for the children.

Hawk of Lemoore was charged in mid-2007 with embezzlement in connection with the children's trust accounts and was awaiting trial in that case when he was arrested in May 2008 in connection with the murder of Debbie Hawk.

The jury also convicted Hawk on five counts of tax evasion for failing to file tax returns from 2001 to 2005 and one count of perjury for falsely stating under oath that he had filed a tax return. Friday, Creed also sentenced Hawk to nine years in prison for his convictions on the financial crimes.

Hawk's attorneys agreed that Hawk mixed money from the trust funds with a household bank account but denied that he killed Debbie Hawk.

No physical evidence tied Hawk to her disappearance and murder, his attorneys said.

But jurors said other evidence outweighed the absence of a body.

TIMELINE

2006

* June 13: Debbie Hawk, a pharmaceutical saleswoman, is reported missing. Her home has been ransacked.

* June 15: Hawk's van is found on a southwest Fresno street.

* June 17: Police investigate whether the May 18 shooting of Kim Aguirre, a family law attorney who represented Debbie Hawk during her divorce, is connected with Hawk's disappearance.

* June 24: Dave Hawk's Lemoore home is searched by police.

* July 7: Police announce a 50-square-mile search for Debbie Hawk mostly in northern Kings County. About 150 volunteers help.

* July 11: Police reclassify Debbie Hawk's disappearance to a murder investigation.

* July 14: A second large-scale search is conducted in rural northern Kings County.

* July 17: Officers search the homes of Dave Hawk and his parents. He is not considered a suspect.

* July 20: Dave Hawk's home is searched again.

* Aug. 1: Investigators search Lemoore Presbyterian Church for computer files used by Dave Hawk.

* Oct. 31: Dave Hawk is named the prime suspect in his ex-wife's disappearance.

2007

* June 8: Hawk is arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft, tax evasion, embezzlement, child pornography, perjury and using false information to obtain a loan. He pleads not guilty three days later.

* June 16: Memorial for Debbie Hawk is held.

2008

* May 29: Police arrest Dave Hawk in connection with the murder of his ex-wife. He pleads not guilty the next day.

* Aug. 14: Mary Royer, Hawk's former girlfriend, testifies that he once said legal battles with Debbie Hawk "aren't going to stop until she's dead." Dave Hawk is ordered to trial.

2009

* Jan. 22: Lead defense attorney Mark Coleman asks for a change of venue from Kings County.

* July 27: Jury selection starts.

* Aug. 6: Judge Daniel Creed rules that Hawk's murder trial will remain in Kings County.

* Aug. 10: Trial begins.

* Aug. 26: Jury begins deliberations.

* Aug. 28: Jury finds Hawk guilty.

* Dec. 4: Creed denies a motion for retrial, sentences Hawk to life in prison without parole for Debbie Hawk's murder, plus nine years for financial crimes. His attorneys say they plan to appeal.

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Sadly, Debbie's remains were located. Our thoughts are with her loved ones.

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