A US father forced his 12-year-old daughter to help cut up her mother's body after he had stabbed and strangled her to death.


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The teenager said she was told to hold her mother's head as Hawkin severed it.

The chief witness was Hawkin's 15-year-old daughter, who was 12 when her mother was killed. She told the Memphis court her 33-year-old father forced her to help him put her mother's body in a freezer and cut it up later using a circular saw, which he had bought on the same day as the murder.

Hawkin's daughter also told the court that her father had raped her repeatedly and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about their relationship.

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