Child rape charge added, murder trial pushed back - - Jackson, MS

Child rape charge added, murder trial pushed back

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The trial of a man charged in a Memphis dismemberment slaying has been pushed back after a child rape charge was added.

James Hawkins had been scheduled for trial in November in the February 2008 killing and dismemberment of 28-year-old Charlene Gaither in the apartment they shared.

The Commercial Appeal reported a hearing will be held next month on whether the first-degree murder and rape charges can be tried together. The new trial date on the murder charge is Jan. 31. Prosecutors have asked for the death penalty if Hawkins is convicted.

Authorities said the 33-year-old Hawkins cut up Gaither's body and disposed of the parts in several areas of DeSoto County, Miss.

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