Judge Denies Guilty Plea in Murder Trial

Judge Denies Guilty Plea in Murder Trial

Posted: Jan. 17, 2018 7:39 PM
Updated: Jan. 18, 2018 5:26 AM

Redding, Calif. -- Curtis Culver and Brian Hawkins made an appearance at the Shasta County Superior Court Wednesday.
The two are facing murder charges in connection to the 1993 killing of 19-year-old Frank McAllister.
Hawkins attempted to enter a guilty plea on Wednesday, but the judge said he needed to speak to legal counsel first to understand the consequences that go into the plea.
Hawkins, however, did not stay quiet.
And once again said your honor I want to enter a guilty plea.
Hawkins, first brought the cold murder case back to light on January 10th, after confessing murder to a news outlet years after the investigations had gone stale.
In his confession to police, hawkins states, Curtis Culver, Shanna Culver and Frank McAlister had all planned to drive to Shingletown on May 7th, 1993 to buy methamphetamine. 
But what McAlister didn’t know was that Shanna had allegedly come up with an idea to murder him and steal $5,000.
Hawkins adds, the group then drove to Shingletown where Curtis Culver allegedly stabbed McAlister in the neck.
Then Hawkins continued by stabbing him multiple times.
The confession continued to say, Curtis dropped a large rock on McAlisters head to put him, quote “out of mercy.”
But in Curtis’s statements to police, there was a different version.
Claiming he was connected but did not stab McAlister.
Leading Curtis’s defense attorney on Wednesday to plead “not guilty” on his part.
Hawkins’ defense attorney also pled “not guilty” for him.
The two men are expected back in court February 8th at 2 in the afternoon.

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