James Hawkins Found Guilty of Murdering Charlene Gaither, Issued Death Sentence

Adrian Sainz, Huffington Post, June 11, 2011

A jury issued a death sentence Saturday for a Memphis man found guilty of murdering the mother of his three children and then dismembering and disposing of her body.

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Hawkins’ 15-year-old daughter, the prosecution’s chief witness, had testified that her father repeatedly sexually abused her when she was 12 years old.

The girl said she saw her father stab and strangle 28-year-old Charlene Gaither during an argument on Feb. 9, 2008. Hawkins’ two sons, ages 13 and 14, also testified against him.

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During the sentencing hearing Friday, jurors were shown six gruesome photos of Gaither’s torso, which had dark gray wounds where the head, feet and hands were removed. They also heard for the first time about Hawkins’ 17 prior convictions on aggravated robbery and aggravated assault charges.

The defense called witnesses, who testified that Hawkins had an IQ of 77 and suffers from attention deficit disorder.

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  • Anonymous

    “The defense called witnesses, who testified that Hawkins had an IQ of 77 and suffers from attention deficit disorder.”

    Why did they have to be so speceific? Why didn’t they just say that Hawkins has average or typical intellegence, attention levels, and viloence control for an African?

  • Anonymous

    Since they mentioned the gray marks left on the body, I am using that to conclude that the reason there is no photo of the victim is because she was WHITE.

    IQ of 77, yet white women continually find these beasts attractive and preferable to a white man.

  • Anonymous

    “…who testified that Hawkins had an IQ of 77 and suffers from attention deficit disorder.”

    And just think, there is another million+ just like him out there. The mind of a child with no impulse control.

    a .50 cent bullet would save the tax payers A LOT of money.

  • Anonymous

    Obama was elected by people like this. The funds Obama and his cronies steal will go to bolster and enable people like this.

    Never forget!

  • patthemick

    It couldn’t be that he is just a violent animal could it? He has a seventy I.Q. I could have a seventy I.Q. too if I was looking at a death sentence.

  • HH

    Oh, so NOW IQ is a vaild measurement of a black’s intellectual capacity, is it???

  • Hirsch

    Now this speaks volumes about IQ and race. I remember from reading an essay by a well-meaning young woman who taught with learning-disabled children. She said that with white developementally-challenged kids you could usually tell that they had been dealt a rough hand, genetically. With blacks, it was more difficult. Why? The sad answer is simply that sub-normal is normal with them.

    This man has an IQ of 77, which is only a few points (less than a full standard deviation) from mild retardation. In other words, he is capable of riding public transit, living on his own, and perhaps working a minimum wage job, but not much more. If he were white, you would be able to readily discern from his mugshot that he was impaired. As it stands, he looks like a normal black man, like any one of thousands we see in our citites on a daily basis.

    In present America, sadly, with lowered standards, Holder’s DOJ, and affirmative action, he could easily be a policeman, a fireman, and since we know from a previous article that black athletes can get through college without reading a single book, if this guy can handle a pigskin or a basketball, he could probably get his BA at a second-tier university.

  • Chicagoan

    The same people who claim IQ is an invalid measure and discriminatory against blacks turn around and use it to try to get a black off the hook. So which is it?

  • A. Windaus

    This is one more reason why we should support Recidivism Legislation, a.k.a. The Three Strikes Laws.

  • rjp

    The media can state his IQ because it is even below that of the average known black IQ, and that is his defense. “I am a retard therefore I can …..”

  • anewtomorrow…

    To Anonymous:

    Since they mentioned the gray marks left on the body, I am using that to conclude that the reason there is no photo of the victim is because she was WHITE

    No the victim was Black:

    http://mylifeofcrime.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/charlene-gaither-murder-21208-memphis-tn-boyfriend-james-hawkins-charged-with-her-murder-and-dismemberment-made-her-daughter-help/

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  • Urban Teacher

    Charlene Gaither was African-American.

    http://tinyurl.com/5r42hfo

    BTW, check out the above website for other cases of blacks murdering blacks.

  • kgb

    BTW, check out the above website for other cases of blacks murdering blacks.

    That’s the new smokescreen from liberals everywhere — “Have pity n the poor blacks, they’re constantly killing each other!” Liberals would rather die than admit that black-on-white crime accounts for an overwhelming percentage of case backlogs and convictions.

  • GetBackJack

    A 15-year old daughter at 28 years of age? It speaks volumes. I blame white liberals/Commies more than Africans for this disaster!

    Oh, by the way, Obama is spending millions ($20M or more) of our dollars to import people from the Gaza Stip into the U.S. It was an Executive Order signed yesterday or the end of last week. Be warned, more trouble up ahead for us whites!

  • Wild Bill

    Now this speaks volumes about IQ and race.

    Nooo. This speaks volumes about the completely bankrupt white power structure in America.

    17 prior convictions?

    The creep should have been executed long ago as a miscreant.

    But the white lawyers, white judges and white court reporters all figured they could keep making money with this guy so they kept letting him out of jail

    How much money does the court system make (read as: get to bill the government) on 17 cases with a public defender, psychologist and appeal-able transcripts?

    None of those lawyers or judges went to the hassle of becoming what they are to help anyone. They are there to make money.

    Now the government money attached to this murderer will be transferred to their friends in the prison system.

    Its not the blacks, its the criminal whites.

    Is that how it works?

  • Anonymous

    1 — Anonymous wrote at 5:02 PM on June 13

    “The defense called witnesses, who testified that Hawkins had an IQ of 77 and suffers from attention deficit disorder.”

    Why did they have to be so specific? Why didn’t they just say that Hawkins has average or typical intelligence, attention levels, and violence control for an African?”

    Hi Anonymous 1. They are doing that to create the possibility of claiming that he is too dumb or otherwise mentally disabled to be responsible for his own actions as a defense. Playing on sympathy as a scam, they were thereby hoping to got him a lesser sentence or a stint in a comfy asylum or even an acquittal.

  • Tom UK

    77 IQ is still competent enough to know that murder is wrong, and that it will earn you a date with the needle. The trouble is that he and his public defenders can string out appeals from now until kingdom come. In this country, when we still had the confidence in our laws to execute murderers, you had ninety days, maximum, from sentencing to execution, and one appeal. Maybe that was a little short by today’s standards, but when you’ve got some criminal with a record as long as your arm I really can’t blame society for washing its hands of him.

    I can only echo the sentiments above- 77 IQ is in no way remarkable for a black man, the average IQ of African Americans being in the low to mid 80s. It’s pretty funny that the only time black IQ can be measured without accusations of racism is when they face a capital charge.

  • Anonymous

    “I can only echo the sentiments above- 77 IQ is in no way remarkable for a black man, the average IQ of African Americans being in the low to mid 80s. It’s pretty funny that the only time black IQ can be measured without accusations of racism is when they face a capital charge.”

    Tom UK,

    Excellent point. THe “stupid excuse” works every time. It somehow mitigates murder, rape and general mayhem.

  • sonofthesouth

    @Tom UK. Read about the Timothy Evans case in U.K. His case was the reason that the death penalty was abolished in U.K. This was back in the 1950’s, and today, DNA would have exonerated him and nailed the real killer. Which, by the way, they did anyway. Timothy Evans was awarded a posthumous pardon. Yet this James Hawkins should have been hung long time ago.