GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The domestic assault case of state Rep. David Hawk has been bound over to a grand jury.
The Greeneville Republican was charged in March. At a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, a judge heard testimony from two sheriff’s deputies and Hawk’s wife, Crystal.
According to The Greeneville Sun (http://bit.ly/Poha6v ), she testified that her husband threw her out of bed the morning of March 18, then struck her in the face, giving her a black eye.
Hawk has denied striking his wife. He said she pulled a gun on him and threatened to shoot.
Crystal Hawk testified Tuesday that there were no guns in the house.
Hawk, who is seeking re-election in November, didn’t testify at the hearing. But he told reporters after the proceeding that he’s “completely innocent.”
A federal judge has branded a woman now accusing her legislator husband of domestic violence a deceitful trickster who cyberstalked an ex-husband, doctored emails to make it appear he was an adulterer and secretly changed a prenuptial agreement.
More from Jamie Satterfield: U.S. Magistrate Judge William B. Carter has issued a ruling in which he assesses Chrystal Goan Hawk $20,000 for violating state and federal wiretapping laws in connection with her prior marriage to Greeneville millionaire James Roy Klumb.
Crystal Hawk is now the wife of state Rep. David Hawk, who represents the 5th District, and, in March, accused him of hitting her and knocking her to the ground. That charge is pending.
Rep. Hawk has insisted his wife was the aggressor, pointing a gun at him as he held their baby daughter. A hearing on the charge was postponed to Sept. 11, well after the Aug. 2 primary in which he faces three Republican challengers. His wife is an attorney and president of the Greene County Republican Women.
Crystal Hawk was fresh out of law school when, in 2004, she began dating Klumb, a Greene County businessman whose family business holdings include the Klumb Lumber Company. The pair wed in 2006.
Both, according to Carter’s opinion, were worried about infidelity. Klumb asked Crystal Hawk to draw up a prenuptial agreement to protect his family interests in the event of a divorce.
According to Carter’s opinion, Crystal Hawk drafted two — one meeting her husband’s wishes and signed by him and a second that would give her a big chunk of her husband’s assets should he cheat. She also drew up two versions of a related document and had her lover, attorney Todd Shelton, take the version benefiting her to be signed off by a judge. It did not appear from the opinion that Shelton knew that document had been altered.
Carter wrote that Crystal Hawk also secretly installed spyware on Klumb’s work computer and diverted email between Klumb and another woman. The email was innocuous, but Crystal Hawk doctored them to make it appear the pair was having an affair, according to Carter.
Although the couple eventually reached a divorce settlement in which Klumb proved the financial victor, Klumb via defense attorney Hugh Ward sued his now ex-wife for violating wiretapping laws through the use of spyware on his computer to snatch his emails.
Carter called Crystal Hawk’s actions “extreme and outrageous.” She also has to pay Klumb’s legal bills.
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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee state legislator has been granted a continuance in a domestic assault case filed by his wife.
The Greeneville Sun (http://bit.ly/K7X4ZP ) reported Greene County General Sessions court moved back a scheduled appearance by Rep. David Hawk to July 16. The Greeneville Republican lawmaker had been scheduled to appear Monday afternoon.
The five-term representative pleaded not guilty a day after the charge was filed March 18.
Crystal Goan Hawk told deputies her husband struck her in the face with his hand, knocking her down.
There was no immediate word why the legislator requested the continuance.