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DEFIANCE, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Testimony began on Monday in the trial of a woman accused of having her 10-year-old son kill his father, her husband.
Judith Hawkey's husband, Robert Breininger was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head on November 3, 2003. On that day, Defiance County Sheriff's deputies and emergency personnel responded to the home on the report of an alleged accidental shooting involving a then 10-year-old boy, Hawkey and Breininger's son.
According to the Defiance County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the case, deputies found Breininger in a bedroom of the couple's home in Mark Center with a single gunshot wound to the head. A coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.
Breininger's death was originally ruled accidental, but further investigation led to Hawkey's indictment by a grand jury in March 2013.
Now, Hawkey is facing six charges, including felony aggravated murder. Hawkey is also charged with four counts of endangering children, one of which is a second-degree felony.
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