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July 13, 1991 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Henry Hawkins Sr., who won fame for his gun-toting defense of his family's Watts businesses and neighborhood against gang members, has died. He was 80. The patriarch of the once-embattled family died Thursday of prostate cancer, his son Elton said Friday. He was taken from his home on Slater Street to Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1991 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Henry Hawkins Sr., who won fame for his gun-toting defense of his family's Watts businesses and neighborhood against gang members, has died. He was 80. The patriarch of the once-embattled family died Thursday of prostate cancer, his son Elton said Friday. He was taken from his home on Slater Street to Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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NEWS
September 14, 1987
The sister of convicted double-murderer James Hawkins Jr. has been acquitted of charges that she committed perjury at her brother's 1985 manslaughter trial. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Cynthia Hawkins, 28, daughter of prominent Watts businessman James Hawkins Sr., not guilty of two counts of felony perjury. Prosecutors had accused her of lying at her brother's trial in an attempt to discredit a key prosecution witness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
James Hawkins Jr. should be imprisoned for life without possibility of parole for the execution-style murders of two reputed drug dealers, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury recommended Tuesday. Hawkins, 43, once regarded as a community hero for battling street gangs along with his grocer-father, could have been eligible for the death penalty for the murders and robberies of Roger Grant and Larry Turner in June, 1984.
NEWS
August 29, 1985
Jurors reached a verdict in the murder trial of James Hawkins Jr., but it will not be announced until this morning, court officials said. Superior Court Judge Ronald S. W. Lew ordered the panel's verdict forms sealed until today because the jury reached its verdict so late in the day. Hawkins, 41, is charged with the shotgun slaying of Anttwon Thomas, 19, in September, 1983, outside the Hawkins family arcade in Watts.
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June 26, 1985 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
The murder trial of James Hawkins Jr. took a confusing turn Tuesday when his brother took the stand and alternately confirmed and denied previous taped statements in which, the prosecutor said, he had implicated the defendant in the shooting of a gang member. At various points in his testimony, Newton Hawkins, 38, denied having seen his brother take a shotgun from a van parked outside the Hawkins family's market in Watts and shoot Anttwon Thomas, 19, on Sept. 11, 1983.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
James Hawkins Jr. should be imprisoned for life without possibility of parole for the execution-style murders of two reputed drug dealers, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury recommended Tuesday. Hawkins, 43, once regarded as a community hero for battling street gangs along with his grocer-father, could have been eligible for the death penalty for the murders and robberies of Roger Grant and Larry Turner in June, 1984.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1985 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
James Hawkins Jr., son of a Watts grocer whose family's stand against a street gang attracted national attention two years ago, escaped along with two other prisoners from a holding area in the downtown Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building on Wednesday. Last month, Hawkins, 41, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 1983 shotgun killing of Anttwon Thomas, 19, whose death triggered violent confrontations between his fellow gang members and the Hawkins family.
NEWS
December 5, 1985
Convicted murderer James Hawkins Jr., who escaped from a downtown Los Angeles courthouse last week, called home to say he was all right, but he refused his family's pleas to turn himself in, his father said. James Hawkins Sr. said he tried unsuccessfully to learn the whereabouts of his son, who was sentenced to 28 years in prison for a 1983 slaying that set off two nights of gang attacks on the family businesses and home in Watts.
NEWS
October 21, 1985
James Hawkins Jr., whose family's stand against a Watts street gang drew national attention, was sentenced today to 28 years in state prison for killing a reputed member of the gang in 1983. Superior Court Judge Ronald S. W. Lew passed sentence on Hawkins, 41, who was convicted in August of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Anttwon Thomas, 19, in front of the Hawkins family's store-arcade.
NEWS
September 14, 1987
The sister of convicted double-murderer James Hawkins Jr. has been acquitted of charges that she committed perjury at her brother's 1985 manslaughter trial. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Cynthia Hawkins, 28, daughter of prominent Watts businessman James Hawkins Sr., not guilty of two counts of felony perjury. Prosecutors had accused her of lying at her brother's trial in an attempt to discredit a key prosecution witness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1985 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
James Hawkins Jr., son of a Watts grocer whose family's stand against a street gang attracted national attention two years ago, escaped along with two other prisoners from a holding area in the downtown Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building on Wednesday. Last month, Hawkins, 41, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 1983 shotgun killing of Anttwon Thomas, 19, whose death triggered violent confrontations between his fellow gang members and the Hawkins family.
NEWS
August 29, 1985
Jurors reached a verdict in the murder trial of James Hawkins Jr., but it will not be announced until this morning, court officials said. Superior Court Judge Ronald S. W. Lew ordered the panel's verdict forms sealed until today because the jury reached its verdict so late in the day. Hawkins, 41, is charged with the shotgun slaying of Anttwon Thomas, 19, in September, 1983, outside the Hawkins family arcade in Watts.
NEWS
June 26, 1985 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
The murder trial of James Hawkins Jr. took a confusing turn Tuesday when his brother took the stand and alternately confirmed and denied previous taped statements in which, the prosecutor said, he had implicated the defendant in the shooting of a gang member. At various points in his testimony, Newton Hawkins, 38, denied having seen his brother take a shotgun from a van parked outside the Hawkins family's market in Watts and shoot Anttwon Thomas, 19, on Sept. 11, 1983.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1986
James Hawkins Jr., the convicted killer who escaped from jail in Los Angeles but was recaptured two months later during a gunfight in Northern California, will be returned to Los Angeles to stand trial on two pending murder charges.
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