Brian Keith Hawkins, 44, confessed to taking part in a cold case murder from 1993 during a live TV interview with KRCR in Redding, California.
Hawkins claimed his faith in God led him to confess to his part in the murder of 20-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister in 1993.
Hawkins, 46-year-old Shanna Culver and her brother 45-year-old Curtis Culver were all subsequently arrested and jailed in Shasta County on burglary and robbery charges related to the death of McAlister on Jan. 8; one of the Culver’s has reportedly confessed.
Hawkins would not go into detail about the murder, but Redding police say McAlister had got some money from a settlement, so the trio tried to robbed McAlister, and Hawkins and Curtis Culver stabbed McAlister to death.
Hawkins came to KRCR before turning himself into the police. Hawkins said he wanted people to understand that he had found God, but it’s not clear why people should care about his personal faith:
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. I know the wrong can’t be changed but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing.
Horrible, horrible, horrible, absolute horror, absolutely horrible since that day. Every minute of every day has been a nightmare. It’s kind of weird, Frank never got to have a life, but we were teenagers and now I’m 44 and still haven’t even had a life and now most likely won’t anyway… I’ve been through hell my whole life because of this.
Hawkins said he reached out to McAlister’s family in 2017:
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. By the time I got there, his father had passed away…
I’m not running, I just need someone that cares. I just hope the community can also forgive me.