Bigamy charges against West Texas sect leader Yisrayl Hawkins were dismissed Thursday after the head of the House of Yahweh
pleaded no contest to four cases involving child-labor violations, the Callahan County attorney announced.
The dismissal of the charges shocked Margo Hawkins, Yisrayl Hawkins’ 36-year-old daughter, who left the House of Yahweh when she was 22. “It’s a cult
. They brainwash
people,” she said. [Read more...]
The bigamy trial
of House of Yahweh
leader Yisrayl Hawkins has been moved to Parker County, after 42nd District Judge John Weeks approved a change of venue today.
The cult recently mailed out a 33-page publication depicting Jesus and some of the apostles in the same orange jumpsuits worn by its leader. [Read more...]
House of Yahweh
leader Yisrayl Hawkins
has penned a four-page newsletter sent to thousands of residents in Taylor, Callahan and Jones counties, claiming the news media has wrongly portrayed the group.
House of Yahweh adviser John Young said the newsletter isn’t an effort to influence potential jurors when Hawkins goes to court — probably later this year — to face bigamy and other charges
. [Read more...]
A fire this afternoon burned four structures at the House of Yahweh
The sect’s leader, self-proclaimed prophet Yisrayl Hawkins — whose doomsday predictions have come and gone — is scheduled to go on trial next year.
Hawkins is accused
of having more than 20 wives and performing polygamous weddings. [Read more...]
A judge sentenced a religious sect’s elder to 30 years in prison for molesting an 11-year-old girl during a phony cervical cancer exam.
Hawkins has no medical training but used a gynecological medical instrument to examine the girl at a home in 2005, according to trial testimony. A former House of Yahweh member testified that Hawkins actually was worried the girl was not a virgin. [Read more...]
, 40, a House of Yahweh
elder, was convicted Monday of aggravated sexual assault of a child. A judge will set the sentence, expected within 45 days. Hawkins earlier decided that he wanted a judge to assess the punishment if jurors found him guilty.
The sect’s leader, self-proclaimed prophet Yisrayl Hawkins
, faces trial later this year on bigamy and child labor charges. He is accused of having more than 20 wives, performing polygamous weddings and forcing about 40 children to work jobs at his 44-acre compound in rural Clyde near Abilene. [Read more...]
Testimony from a 15-year-old girl revealed new details Friday about the allegations of sexual assault of a child by a House of Yahwe
The girl, 11 at the time of the alleged assault, testified that her stepfather Yedidiyah Hawkins, 40, used a vaginal speculum — a medical instrument used by gynecologists — to perform an examination on her. [Read more...]