Alfred Hawkins Found Guilty in 2012 Murder

By: Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro; Lanetra Bennett Email
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Update By: Lanetra Bennett
August 28, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The prosecutor calls the murder brutal, and calls the verdict justice.

Alfred Hawkins has been found guilty of shooting a man and dumping his body in the woods.

The three-day trial ended earlier today with a quick verdict. It didn't take the jury long at all to find Alfred Hawkins guilty of murder -- approximately one hour.

The prosecutor says the most compelling evidence was the victim's DNA under Hawkins' fingernails.

Hawkins was 17 years old at the time of the murder. He's accused of killing 24-year-old Alex Blas June 20, 2012.

The prosecutor says Blas was in the backseat of a car with Hawkins, when Hawkins pulled out a gun and shot Blas in the face six times.

Blas' body was found dumped in a wooded area off Doolittle Avenue.

Kathy Ray, the prosecutor, says, "It was extremely brutal; some of the worst. I've seen a lot of autopsy photographs and a lot of scene photographs in the past 17 years and those are the worst that I've ever seen. It was pretty brutal."

Terrell Ford and Demetris Hansel were also arrested for being in the car at the time of the shooting. Authorities say all three men planned to rob Blas during a drug deal.

Hansel and Ford testified in Hawkins' trial. Prosecutor Ray says she will wait until after Hawkins is sentenced before considering a plea deal for the two men.

Hawkins is scheduled to be sentenced October 9th.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 28, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Jury is deliberating in the case of a deadly shooting where three men are accused in the 2012 murder of Alex Bias.

Alfred Hawkins is charged with first degree murder, armed robbery and tampering with evidence.

WCTV will update this story as more information becomes available.


By: Kevin Clark
August 26, 2015

TALLAHASSEE -- A Tallahassee man is on trial for a deadly shooting. Alfred Hawkins is one of three men accused in the 2012 murder of Alex Blas.

Hawkins is charged with first degree murder, armed robbery and tampering with evidence.

As his trial began today-- prosecutors said that it happened inside a car as part of a drug robbery near Blas' home on Hal's Circle.

They say Hawkins shot Blas 6 times before dumping his body in a nearby wooded area.

Blas' girlfriend testified she heard the gunshots from inside their home.

Alfred Hawkins is the only one of the defendants on trial right now.

The other two men accused are Terell Ford and Demetris Hansell. At least one of them is expected to testify against Hawkins.

The trial is expected to last through Friday.


Updated 6.272012 8:30am by Julie Montanaro

Alfred Hawkins has been moved from the Juvenile Assessment Center to the Leon County jail. Prosecutor Georgia Cappleman says Hawkins will be tried as an adult. The case against all three co-defendants will go before a grand jury later this summer.

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UPDATE: June 22, 2012-

On June 20, 2012, at approximately 10:30 pm, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the 4000 block of Hal’s Circle in reference to a disturbance. Upon arriving, no disturbance could be located. Deputies searched the area for anyone who may have been involved in the reported disturbance and located the body of Alex Blas, 24, in a wooded area near the 1500 block of Doolittle Avenue. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Unit responded and performed a search of the scene, canvassed the neighborhood and conducted witness interviews. Witnesses told deputies that a green Ford Crown Victoria occupied by several people pulled onto Hal’s Circle and stopped near the 4000 block. A man later identified as Blas got into the car and was shot. Witnesses heard at least three gunshots before the green Ford was seen leaving the area.

The vehicle description was broadcast to law enforcement personnel as possibly being involved in the incident. At approximately 1:00 am, Deputy Robert Bethea located a green Ford Crown Victoria at the Circle K store located near Crawfordville Highway and Capital Circle. As Deputy Bethea made contact with the driver, he observed what appeared to be blood on the interior and exterior of the car. Terell T. Ford, 21, was interviewed at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and subsequently indicated his involvement in this incident. Ford was arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.
Information was also obtained that led detectives to contact Demetris F. Hansell, 19. Hansell was interviewed at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and subsequently indicated his involvement in this incident. Hansell was also arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.

A third man, Alfred E. Hawkins, 17, is suspected in this incident also. Detectives have learned that Hawkins, Ford and Hansell discussed robbing Alex Blas of drugs. The three men met Blas in front of his home to conduct a drug transaction. Shortly after Blas got into the green Ford he was shot. The men then drove to a wooded area near the 1500 block of Doolittle Avenue and left Blas’ body. Detectives have located at least one firearm in this investigation.

Shortly after leaving the area the men split up. Ford and Hansell were ultimately contacted and taken into custody on June 21, 2012. On June 22, 2012 at approximately 12:00 pm, Alfred Hawkins surrendered to detectives at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
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UPDATED 6.22.2012 by Julie Montanaro

The third suspect in the murder of Alex Blas has turned himself in.

Alfred Hawkins surrendered at the Leon County Sheriff's Office just after noon today.

He is being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center.

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Updated 6.22.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Both Terell Ford and Demetris Hansell have been denied bond at their first court appearance.

Family members who attended the brief hearing did not want to comment on the arrests.

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June 21, 2012-

On June 20, 2012 at approximately 10:30 pm, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the 4000 block of Hal’s Circle in reference to a disturbance. Upon arriving, no disturbance could be located. Deputies searched the area for anyone who may have been involved in the reported disturbance and located the body of Alex Blas, 24, in a wooded area near the 1500 block of Doolittle Avenue.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Unit responded and performed a search of the scene, canvassed the neighborhood and conducted witness interviews. Witnesses told deputies that a green Ford Crown Victoria occupied by several people pulled onto Hal’s Circle and stopped near the 4000 block. A man later identified as Blas got into the car and was shot. Witnesses heard at least three gunshots before the green Ford was seen leaving the area.

The vehicle description was broadcast to law enforcement personnel as possibly being involved in the incident. At approximately 1:00 am, Deputy Robert Bethea located a green Ford Crown Victoria at the
Circle K store located near Crawfordville Highway and Capital Circle. As Deputy Bethea made contact with the driver, he observed what appeared to be blood on the interior and exterior of the car. Terell T.
Ford, 21, was interviewed at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and subsequently indicated his involvement in this incident. Ford was arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.

Information was also obtained that led detectives to contact Demetris F. Hansell, 19. Hansell was interviewed at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and subsequently indicated his involvement in this
incident. Hansell was also arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.
A third man, Alfred E. Hawkins, 17, is suspected in this incident also. Detectives have learned that Hawkins, Ford and Hansell discussed robbing Alex Blas of drugs. The three men met Blas in front of
his home to conduct a drug transaction. Shortly after Blas got into the green Ford he was shot. The men then drove to a wooded area near the 1500 block of Doolittle Avenue and left Blas’ body.

Shortly after leaving the area the men split up. Ford and Hansell were ultimately contacted and taken into custody. Hawkins is still at large. Warrants for his arrest have been obtained. Hawkins is
considered dangerous. Detectives have located at least one firearm in this investigation.

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Tallahassee, Florida - June 21, 2012 - Noon -

Foul play is suspected after a body was discovered southwest of Tallahassee this morning. The Leon County Sheriff's Office homicide unit is investigating the case.

An autopsy for the victim began this morning, but a cause of death hasn't been released. Deputies say the body of an adult male was found in the woods behind Dolittle Avenue near Jackson Bluff Road. They say they received a call late Wednesday night for a disturbance in the area. Deputies searching the area came across the body shortly after arriving.

"We have responded to the scene obviously with detectives, crime scene detectives and violent crimes detectives. We have processed the crimes scene. We are wrapping up the processing of the scene at this time," says Lt. James McQuaig with LCSO.

The sheriff's office hasn't released the name of of the victim at this point. While the sheriff's office confirms foul play is suspected, so far, no arrest has been made in this case yet.

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Tallahassee, Florida - June 21, 2012 -

Eyewitness News has learned that the Leon County Sheriff's Office has found a body in the woods on Dolittle Avenue off of Jackson Bluff Road. The body was found just before midnight and has been identified as a male. LCSO continues to investigate.

Stay with WCTV for updates on this story.


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