Former Des Moines Trucker Found Guilty Of Killing Co-Workers

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A judge announced the verdict Tuesday in the case of a Des Moines man accused of killing two co-workers.

Ronald Hawkinson, 40, was charged with killing Sam Hidic and Robert Smoot at the Seibert Trucking Company in May 2012.

Hawkinson opted for a bench trial, so Judge Arthur Gamble read his verdict Tuesday morning. Hawkinson was found guilty of first-degree murder.

Court records show Hawkinson had a past of violence. He was convicted of domestic abuse assault on March 14, 2011.

He was sentenced to two years with credit for time served. He served two days and the rest was suspended and he was placed on probation.

Hawkinson had a no-contact order in effect barring him from contacting his ex-wife Kelle Hawkinson until March 14, 2013.

The conviction stems from a report on Oct. 22, 2010. Hawkinson was accused of punching and choking his ex-wife inside their home.

Court records show Hawkinson violated the no contact order on Nov. 14, 2010, and was sentenced to seven days in jail.

On Oct. 30, 2010, Hawkinson called the Madison County Sheriff's office and said he'd "Call them back and tell them where to find the bodies. He then called a member of his wife's family and said he was going to hurt himself, his wife and their daughter." The next day he attempted to commit suicide, court records show.

Kelle Hawkinson applied to have her no-contact order extended in March 2012.

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