$3M bond for former cop who said he fatally shot wife

Man accused of shooting, killing wife
Published: Apr. 25, 2016 at 3:44 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 27, 2016 at 10:00 PM EDT
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Jeffrey Hawkins appears in court on a murder charge Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama)
Jeffrey Hawkins appears in court on a murder charge Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama)
Jeffrey Hawkins (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)
Jeffrey Hawkins (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)
JoAnn Hawkins, 59 (Provided photo)
JoAnn Hawkins, 59 (Provided photo)

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Bond was set at $3 million Tuesday for the man who called 911 and calmly told a dispatcher he shot and killed his wife.

Jeffrey Hawkins, 57, faces one count of murder.

His attorney requested a low bond in his first court appearance. He said Hawkins is a former police officer from the Chicago-area.

But a spokesman for his late wife's relatives, George Brunemann, said Jeffrey Hawkins had made threats toward the family in the past.

He asked the judge set "as high a bond as possible."

A Hamilton County prosecutor requested $1 million bond, but Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Brad Greenberg, a former veteran county assistant prosecutor, went even further.

In setting the unusually high $3 million, the judge said he felt Hawkins should remain locked up while awaiting trial.

The judge also noted Hawkins has a battery charge out of Illinois. Details on the case were not discussed in court.

The case goes to a county grand jury for possible indictment May 5.

The shooting was reported just before 11 a.m. Monday on Appletree Court.

In a sworn statement, Colerain Township police wrote that Hawkins called 911 to report that he had shot and killed his wife, JoAnn Hawkins, 59.

Officers responded to the residence in the 3900 block of Appletree Court and found her dead "by several gunshot wounds," police wrote in an affidavit filed with Hamilton County Municipal Court.

"Jeffrey advised in the 911 call that he had set the firearm, used in the incident, on the kitchen countertop," the sworn statement reads. "Jeffrey was outside his residence upon police arrival and was taken into custody."

In the 911 tape, the caller identifies himself as Jeff Hawkins.

"I just shot and killed my wife," he tells the dispatcher.

"You said you just shot and killed your wife?" the dispatcher responded.

"Yes," he said. "I'm not a threat to anybody - I'm a former police officer - I'm not sure what happened."

The caller said he was fighting with his wife over money.

"She took out all of the money out of our bank account on my birthday Saturday and you guys were out here a couple of times," he said.

"She was gone and I came home and she was here. She just wouldn't talk to me. She kept saying talk to my lawyer.  I don't know.  It just happened.  I never wanted to do anything.  I'm just so hurt.  I'm alright.  I mean I'm not alright. God... god forgive me."

Hawkins previous worked at the Elk Grove Police Department in Illinois until 1999, Elk Grove Police confirm. Hawkins was a sergeant in the department before resigning after the department initiated an investigation of alleged violations of the department's policies and procedures, the Elk Grove Police Department announced in a press release.

Elk Grove Police did not take any action prior to his resignation on Feb. 5, 1999.

Hawkins has appeared in the past on FOX19 NOW as a police and security expert.

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