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Accused rapist found fit to proceed in circuit court

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cuffsNASHVILLE – A Nashville man accused of forcing a 10 year old girl to participate in sexual activity with him has been found fit to proceed in Howard County Circuit Court.
David Hawkins, 52, was ordered to return to court May 13 for pre-trial during Wednesday’s session after the results of a mental evaluation ordered in August of last year were presented. Court documents indicate he faces a single count of rape stemming from a July 2014 investigation conducted by the Mineral Springs Police Department and the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children division.
According to the arrest affidavit attached to Hawkins’ case file, the alleged victim reported that Hawkins had “forced her to perform oral sex on him and then performed oral sex on her” on and off for four years. The document alleges that Hawkins initially denied involvement in the crime, but later said he “knew that he was going to spend a long time in prison for this” and that authorities “had a lot of evidence on him and he knew he couldn’t beat the charge.”
In other court news from Wednesday:


• Carrington Cowart, 18, of Nashville, was sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to charges of being an accomplice to residential burglary and theft of property. She was also fined $1,500 plus court costs and ordered to pay $800 in restitution.
• Jeffrey Shelton, 30, of Nashville, entered a not guilty plea to charges of residential burglary and third degree battery, and was ordered to return to court June 17.
• Michelle Harris, 48, of Mineral Springs, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of possession of firearms by certain persons and was ordered to return to court May 13. Her bond has been lowered to $10,000.