Man faces attempted capital murder charges in case of pregnant former co-worker

FORT WORTH -- Cornelius Hawkins of Euless had a problem and a plan to get rid of it, police say.

A former co-worker with whom Hawkins had been involved was pregnant, presumably with his child. Hawkins is married.

So early Feb. 12, three days before the birth of Denishia Carver's baby was to be induced, Hawkins, 39, lured her from her Fort Worth apartment under false pretenses, then shot her, police say.

"From our investigation, it appears that he did not want the child and was attempting to kill the mother and the child," homicide Sgt. Cheryl Johnson said Monday.

Carver, 23, and her child survived after Fort Worth patrol officer J. Reyes saw Hawkins walking around Carver's 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in a northeast Fort Worth neighborhood shortly before 5 a.m. and found her in the back seat, bound with duct tape and suffering from a gunshot.

Carver was rushed to a local hospital, where doctors delivered her daughter. The baby had not been struck by the bullet but remained hospitalized Monday with injuries resulting from her mother's injuries, Johnson said.

Carver, who also has a 4-year-old daughter, has been released from the hospital.

Hawkins was arrested Feb. 12 at the scene on suspicion of aggravated assault and was later released on bail.

He was rearrested Feb. 14 on a new warrant and faces two charges of attempted capital murder. One accuses him of trying to kill Carver while kidnapping her; the second accuses him of trying to cause the death of a child under age 10, Johnson said.

Hawkins was being held Monday in the Mansfield Jail with bail set at $150,000, according to jail records.

His attorney, Lex Johnston of Hurst, said in an e-mail, "Until such time as I have been able to conduct a complete investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the events leading up to Mr. Hawkins arrests, neither he nor I will have any comment on the matter."

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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