Euless man receives 35-year prison sentence for attempting to kill pregnant girlfriend

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FORT WORTH - A Euless man who shot his pregnant girlfriend nearly a year ago received a 35-year prison sentence today after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted capital murder.

Cornelius Hawkins, 40, lured his then-girlfriend, Denishia Carver from her Fort Worth apartment three days before her baby's birth was scheduled to be induced and then shot her, according to police.

Although mother and daughter lived, both suffered extensive injuries and hospital stays, according to prosecutors. The baby, now 10 months old, has suffered developmental delays which could continue as she matures, one prosecutor said.

"The bullet passed one inch above the baby's head," said Melinda Westmoreland, prosecutor. "She was born dead but doctors in the hospital were able to bring her back to life."

Carver was found in the back seat of her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt on the side of the road Feb. 12. She was bound with duct tape and was suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. A police officer saw Hawkins walking around the vehicle before discovering Carver in the back seat.

She was in the vehicle for at least an hour before being found, according to prosecutors.

Monday, Carver held up a picture of her daughter that was taken while the baby was recovering from injuries in the hospital while she read her victim's impact statement.

"This is your daughter who you will never see," Carver told Hawkins. "You rubbed my belly and told me that you would be at the hospital.

"How you tried to kill your own daughter is beyond me. I get to kiss and hug her at night but she will never know you. I don't feel sorry for you."

After the sentencing, Hawkins' wife, Demetra Hawkins, 37, said she still loves her husband and will await his release from prison so they can begin to rebuild their lives. She said her family was shocked when they heard about the assault on Carver.

"We've been married for 16 years," Demetra Hawkins said. "No one is perfect. We all make mistakes."

Hawkins was never violent toward his wife, said Kathy Lowthorp, Hawkins' attorney. She said her client was always polite, always a nice guy. Had he not planned the crime in advance by luring Carver away from her home, Lowthorp said she would have sought psychiatric advice thinking that her client just snapped.

Demetra Hawkins, who has a 15-year-old daughter with Hawkins, said she was mystified as to why Hawkins shot Carver.

"I think he did it so that this would not embarrass me," Demetra Hawkins said. "I don't think he ever intended to hurt the baby."

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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