Elizabeth Hawes gets life sentence for murder

Elizabeth Hawes, 45, will serve the rest of her life in prison for her role in the murder of her older brother Edwin Hawes.

by Eric Hagen
Staff writer

Elizabeth Hawes, 45, will serve the rest of her life in prison for her role in the murder of her older brother Edwin Hawes.

Elizabeth Hawes

Hawes was sentenced in Anoka County District Court this morning (Friday, Jan. 29) to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

She will serve her sentence in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee.

Hawes was one of three people indicted with first-degree premeditated murder in the death of Edwin Hawes. Andrew Hawes, 37, will go on trial starting April 5. The jury trial for Kristina Dorniden, the girlfriend of Andrew Hawes, begins June 1.

The remains of 46-year-old Edwin Hawes were found burning in a fire pit on Dorniden’s Cottonwood County farm just after 1 a.m. Oct. 31, 2008.

Dental records led to the identification. The Anoka County Medical Examiner found an arrow wound in the chest and trauma to the skull and brain.

Black spray-painted weapons including a crossbow, a quiver with bolts, a maul and a baseball bat were recovered by authorities. A Volkswagen Passat that Edwin Hawes was in possession of was found in a Golden Valley church parking lot with his blood covering the interior.

According to the opening statements by the prosecuting attorney Paul Young of the Anoka County Attorney’s Office and Elizabeth Hawes’ defense attorney Peter Wold, Andrew and Elizabeth Hawes believed that their brother Edwin Hawes had embezzled about $1 million from a family lawn care business and their grandmother’s trust fund.

The Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force investigated the accusations and found no evidence that supported the embezzlement claims, according to Young.

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

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