2012-02-29 / Front Page

Hubby Faces 25 Years In Manslaughter Plea


The Queens husband accused of beating his wife to death in their Astoria apartment in January gave a Queens Supreme Court Justice a shocking account of the murder at a February 29 hearing at Queens Supreme Court.

Jordan Hawes, 32, provided chilling details of the January 30 murder, telling the court how he sneaked up on his sleeping wife and bludgeoned her to death with a baseball bat.

“I hit her in the head while she was sleeping on the bed,” Hawes said. He then answered questions by prosecutors as part of a plea deal that will put him behind bars for 25 years for the murder of Tara Hawes.

When questioned about the brutality of the murder by Queens Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin-Brandt, Hawes was unable to recall how many times he struck his wife with the baseball bat. “I don’t remember how many times,” he said.

Detectives at the 114th Precinct Squad hauled Hawes back to Queens on February 14 to face charges in the murder of Tara Hawes, 33, whose battered and bloody body was found by relatives in the apartment on 30th Street on February 2.

Police responding to a 911 call recovered two bloody knives and a baseball bat smeared with blood and hair at the apartment, prosecutors said.

Cops also found a bloody note, allegedly written by Jordan Hawes, that read, “I don’t know what…happened last night, but my life is destroyed. I killed my best friend,” prosecutors said.

Cops said Hawes tried to cover up the murder by sending texts to relatives from his wife’s cellphone on January 31, saying she wasn’t going to work because of a family emergency.

Tara Hawes, a special education teacher in Manhattan, was last heard from at about 9 p.m. on January 30, law enforcement sources said.

Jordan Hawes was allegedly spotted by several people and captured on video surveillance at an Astoria pawnshop between January 31 and February 2, selling various items of jewelry, including his wife’s wedding bands, prosecutors said.

He also attempted to withdraw cash from several ATM machines on January 31, using Tara Hawes’ debit card, prosecutors said.

Jordan Hawes, a chef at a Manhattan restaurant, was found sleeping in his wife’s Jeep Liberty on February 4 at a rest stop off I-95 in Fairfield, Connecticut. Detectives at the 114th Precinct Squad issued a stolen vehicle alert on Tara Hawes’ vehicle on February 2, hoping to snare the fleeing husband.

Hawes surrendered to Fairfield police at that time allegedly telling them, “I did something wrong,” law enforcement sources said. He suffered several seizures following the arrest and was admitted to the psychiatric unit at a hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Seasoned law enforcement sources told the Gazette the murder scene was the most brutal they had ever witnessed.

“I can’t imagine what evil permeated this attack,” the sources said.

Hawes was facing 25 years to life for the murder, as well as charges of grand larceny auto, grand larceny, multiple counts of criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a weapon.

He decided to plead guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter and agreed to give the court a full account of the murder in exchange for the 25-year sentence.

“This is a sad and tragic case in which a young woman’s life was cut short for no reason by the man who she should have been able to trust more than anyone—her husband. Today’s guilty plea will spare the victim’s family the anguish of having to sit through a trial. It also is a guarantee that the defendant will serve a lengthy term in prison,” Queens DA Richard Brown said announcing the news.

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