A California man confessed to a cold case murder he claimed to have committed 25 years ago — saying his faith in God motivated him to finally confess.
Brian Keith Hawkins, 44, turned himself in at the Shasta County Sheriff’s station on Tuesday — and delivered an emotional confession to local news station KRCR.
“God and Christ and these things that have happened over the course of 25 years have pushed me and pushed me to do the right thing,” Hawkins told the station on camera. “I know the wrong can’t be changed but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing.”
Hawkins also named 46-year-old Shanna Culver and her brother 45-year-old Curtis Culver as accomplices. All were arrested and charged with burglary and robbery, in connection to the 1993 death of 20-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister, according to the report.
The motive was likely a robbery, Redding police investigators told the station. McAlister had recently gotten some money from a settlement, according to police. The trio lured him out to Shingletown — under the guise of selling him meth — but they robbed him instead, before Hawkins and Curtis Culver allegedly stabbed him to death. The trio left his body behind before dumping his car at a local Costco, police said.
“I’ve been through hell my whole life because of this,” Hawkins told the station through tears, saying that he even reached out to McAlister’s family last year.
“I talked to them several times and told them I was going to make it there so I could tell them what happened and I wanted their forgiveness,” he continued. “By the time I got there, his father had passed away.”
Hawkins told the station that he was blind before becoming a Christian, but is now ready admit to the crime and face whatever consequences come his way.
“I’m not running,” he said. “I just need someone that cares. I just hope the community can also forgive me.”