Hawkins child assault trial delayed again

The Abilene Reporter/July 11, 2008

The trial for a Callahan County man with ties to the House of Yahweh has been postponed again, a representative of the county's district attorney's office said.

Yedidiyah Hawkins, 40, was scheduled to stand trial Monday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The trial has been postponed before -- once in May so DNA testing could be conducted on Hawkins, his wife, a 2-year-old child and a 14-year-old child. The trial was postponed for at least another month to allow Hawkin's new attorney, C. Tony Wright, of Dallas, time to prepare, according to the Callahan County District Attorney's office.

Hawkins is accused of sexually assaulting the 14-year-old. Aggravated sexual assault of a child is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. A new trial date is expected to be set sometime next week.

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