His calm broke when he told the operator why he did it.
“She took all the money out of my bank account on my birthday on Saturday,” he said, choking back tears. “You guys were out here a couple times. I don’t know. I came home and she was here. She just wouldn’t talk to me. And she just kept saying, ‘Talk to my lawyer.’
“It just happened. I never wanted to do anything. I’m alright. Well, I’m not alright. God, forgive me.”
Hawkins' defense team filed a motion of insanity but a medical evaluation found he was not insane.
After the shooting, a son of Jo Ann Hawkins, 59. said family members feared for their lives if Hawkins got out on bond.
“We’ve been scared in the past. I had an off-and-on relationship with my mom in the past because of him, and we know what he’s capable of,” said Bo Hart, Jo Ann Hawkins' son. Hart added that he had suspected psychological abuse in the past.