Charges filed in the Edwin Charles Hawes murder case

1031victim_thumb.jpgAndover resident Edwin Hawes was shot with a crossbow and beaten to
death with a baseball bat, according to criminal complaints filed
Monday afternoon in Anoka County District Court.


by Eric Hagen
Staff writer

Andover resident Edwin Hawes was shot with a crossbow and beaten to death with a baseball bat, according to criminal complaints filed Monday afternoon in Anoka County District Court.

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The victim, Edwin Hawes (Photo courtesy of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office)

Siblings Elizabeth Hawes, 43, of Minneapolis; Andrew Hawes, 36, of Robbinsdale; and Andrew Hawes’ girlfriend, Kristina Dorniden, 29, a Cottage Grove resident, have all been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying.

Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Paul Sommer spoke to the media about the case shortly after 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31, not long after the three suspects were booked at the Anoka County Jail.

Sommer said from the interviews police conducted, the suspected motive in the alleged murder is money, namely an inheritance from the Hawes’ grandmother.

Sommer said this is speculation because the three suspects had not talked to police and the complaint does not state a motive.


Suspicious behavior

Edwin Hawes, 46, was seen at Lifetime Fitness in Coon Rapids at 6 p.m. Oct. 29, according to the complaint.

Around 7 p.m. that same night a neighbor apparently heard multiple raised male voices outside Edwin Hawes’ Andover home.

The neighbor told authorities that it “didn’t sound right,” but he did not visit the residence on the 2500 block of S. Coon Creek Drive.

The complaint alleges that at 9 p.m., Elizabeth Hawes’ husband said Andrew Hawes arrived at their home and said he had “repossessed” a Volkswagen Passat that Edwin Hawes drove.

Elizabeth Hawes’ husband told police Oct. 31 that he heard Andrew Hawes say that he hid Edwin Hawes’ body in some leaves at his Andover home after trying to put the body in the Passat.

The complaint alleges the husband heard Andrew Hawes say he parked the Passat in the parking lot of a church in Golden Valley.

The vehicle was later located and investigators found what appeared to be blood in the interior and fragments of clothing on the undercarriage.

Elizabeth Hawes’ husband allegedly told police that he had heard his wife and her brother discuss how they would kill their brother on several occasions in the past, but he did not want to believe they would go through with it.

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The complaint alleges the husband was aware both of them had gone to Edwin Hawes’ Andover home a half-a-dozen times to scout out the location and Edwin Hawes’ schedule.


Police meet suspects

At 2:34 a.m. Oct. 30, two Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputies found a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado in the parking lot of the Woodland Creek Golf Club, which is about half-a-mile from Edwin Hawes’ home.

The vehicle was registered under the business name Hawes Landscaping.

The deputies found Elizabeth Hawes walking in the parking lot. They learned that Edwin Hawes had filed a temporary restraining order against her.

She allegedly acknowledged she had been at her brothers’ residence in violation of the order

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Andrew Hawes

and she had gone there to “repossess” the Volkswagen Passat that Edwin Hawes had been driving. The key to the vehicle was in her sock, according to the complaint.

Elizabeth Hawes was arrested for violating the restraining order.

The deputies began to drive with Elizabeth to Edwin Hawes’ home and along the way encountered a disoriented and confused Andrew Hawes.

The complaint states an ambulance arrived to tend to Andrew Hawes and he was released from the scene after receiving medical treatment.

Deputies did not arrest him because they were unaware the restraining order also pertained to him. They then transported Elizabeth Hawes to jail.

After bringing her to jail, the deputies went to Edwin Hawes’ Andover residence.

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Elizabeth Hawes


Not yet missing

Edwin Hawes rented a room in a home in the 2500 block of S. Coon Creek Drive. When questioned, the homeowner told police his roommate was not home.

Deputies did not notice anything unusual. The residence is secluded without much lighting around it, the criminal complaint states.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Oct. 30, another sheriff’s office deputy was driving on South Coon Creek Drive and spotted a wallet in the road.

The wallet belonged to Edwin Hawes, the court complaint states. The deputy then drove to Hawes’ residence to return the wallet.

According to the complaint, the deputy saw blood on the driveway, but thought it was consistent with the cleaning of a deer.

The homeowner said Edwin Hawes was not home. The deputy then left the home.

By noon Oct. 30, Elizabeth Hawes was released from jail.


Missing person report

Edwin Hawes’ roommate phoned police later that afternoon and reported him as a missing person.

The roommate also raised concerns about the blood in the driveway and had contacted his roommate’s employer, Green Garden. The owner of the business reported that he had not seen Edwin Hawes.


The evidence

The Anoka County Medical Examiner responded to the scene and said the volume of blood would be a critical amount of blood loss for a person to endure, the complaint states.

Blood was found on the driveway, on the exterior of the home, on trees and on property landscaping

Within a pool of blood, authorities found a key to the Andover home, a pair of pants consistent in size to Edwin Hawes’ and the broadhead from an arrow.

When Hawes body was recovered, the medical examiner identified a wound in his chest that could have been caused by an arrow, according to the complaint.

The complaint states the medical examiner also found trauma to the skull and brain.

When authorities were searching for clues, they found a crossbow and arrow that only had two of the three broadheads intact. They also found a bottle of bleach and a latex glove.

According to the complaint, that evidence was discovered in a grassy area near the parking lot of the golf course where Elizabeth Hawes had been arrested the early morning hours of Oct. 30 for violating the restraining order.

At Edwin Hawes’ home near a wood pile, a baseball bat was discovered.

The bat, the crossbow and arrow were both painted black.

Black spray paint and used latex gloves were allegedly found at Andrew Hawes’ Robbinsdale home.

It appeared that someone tried to clean the blood pool in the driveway with bleach because the smell was apparent, according to the criminal complaints.

Two bottles of bleach as well as a latex glove and a shoe with a broken area in it that was painted black were found in the 2004 Ford pick-up truck that Kristina Dorniden was driving when she was arrested.

The truck belonged to the father of Elizabeth Hawes’ husband, who told police in the complaint that the suspects took the truck after he went to bed during the late evening hours of Oct. 29 or the early morning hours of Oct. 30.

There was a significant amount of blood in the truck bed and on the bumper and license plate area.


Suspects arrested

The suspects allegedly took Edwin Hawes’ body to a farm owned by Dorniden in Westbrook, which is located in southwest Minnesota’s Cottonwood County, about 200 miles from Andover

When the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office discovered that Dorniden owned the farm, they asked the Westbrook police chief to go to her home. He responded around 11 p.m. on Oct. 30, Sommer said.

According to the criminal complaint, the chief saw Andrew Hawes tending to a large illegal fire.

After speaking to Andrew Hawes about the fire, the chief left the scene.

Sommer said because the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office suspected foul play may be involved, they requested that the Westbrook Police Department investigate the situation again.

About 1 a.m. on Oct. 31, the chief and additional law enforcement officers responded again to the farm and only found Elizabeth Hawes tending the fire.

When asked about the fire, she allegedly told police, “That’s not my brother.”

The police found the situation suspicious and saw what appeared to be a person in the fire.

They later doused the fire and discovered charred human remains that have been tentatively identified as belonging to Edwin Hawes.

Sommer said with the condition the body is in, an autopsy by the Anoka County Medical Examiner could take weeks or months.

According to the Anoka County Jail booking list, Elizabeth Hawes was arrested in Cottonwood County at 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 31.

According to the criminal complaint, Dorniden arrived in the Ford pick-up truck while police were detaining Elizabeth Hawes.

The Anoka County Jail booking log states Kristina Dorniden was arrested at 4 a.m. Oct. 31.

Local authorities in Cottonwood County arrested Andrew Hawes at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

All three suspects were transported to the Anoka County Jail and arrived the afternoon of Oct. 31.

Rule 8 hearings to set bail have been set for the three suspects later this week.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com.

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