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TN lawmaker, David Hawk, found guilty of reckless endangerment

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GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) -

Tennessee lawmaker David Hawk has been found guilty of reckless endangerment. 

The jury deliberated for a total of about 10 hours Wednesday and Thursday. Jurors were deadlocked on a misdemeanor charge of simple assault. 

Hawk was originally charged with aggravated domestic assault against his estranged wife, Crystal Goan, but earlier this week a judge lowered the charges after he ruled that the state did not prove "serious bodily injury."

A sentencing hearing will take place on October 31.  Hawk, since the beginning,has maintained his innocence. His lawyer says he will seek a judicial diversion. 

Some state lawmakers are standing by Hawk. Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) issued the following statement Thursday afternoon.  

"The appropriate venue for this to be handled was within the judicial system, and that process has worked. Here in the Tennessee General Assembly, each member is required by House rules to serve on two committees, and Representative Hawk will continue to serve on his appointed House committees. He was duly elected by the qualified voters of House District 5 back in November, and will continue to serve in that capacity."

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Jury deliberations resume Thursday in Rep. Hawk trial

Jurors deliberated for five hours Wednesday evening in the trial of Tennessee State Representative David Hawk.

The case went to jurors around 4 p.m. They ordered dinner around the 6 o'clock hour and kept deliberating through about 9 p.m.

At one point, jurors told the judge they weren't having success deliberating the charges, so he told them to return to chambers and take up the matter point by point.

Hawk is on trial after being accused of assaulting his ex-wife.

Court went into recess with plans to resume jury deliberations at Thursday morning.

Click on the video to watch our Wednesday report recapping the day in court.


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Judged lowers charge of former Tennessee lawmaker

News Channel 11 has learned a judge has ruled that former Tennessee Representative David Hawk will face a lesser charge.

A Greene County, TN judge said he lowered the charges to a misdemeanor because the state did not prove "serious bodily injury."

Hawk was originally charged with aggravated domestic assault against his estranged wife, Crystal Goan.

News Channel 11 will have a full video report of today's events in court beginning on the News at 5:00 p.m.


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Jury seated for David Hawk trial in Greene County

A jury has been seated for the Greene County trial of a state lawmaker.

Tennessee Representative David Hawk is charged with aggravated domestic assault against his estranged wife, Crystal Goan.

The indictment says Hawk caused bodily injury to his estranged wife.

The jury in this case was seated just after 2 p.m.

Look for updates to this story on WJHL.com and on News Channel 11.

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