The husband of a city teacher who prosecutors say was bludgeoned to death was arraigned this morning on charges that he killed his wife.
According to the Queens district attorney’s office, Tara Hawes, 33, was found dead Feb. 2 in her Astoria apartment with blunt force trauma to the head.
Police found two knives and a bat that were apparently covered in blood, according to prosecutors, and a note that included, “I killed my best friend.”
Hawes was a special education teacher in Williamsburg.
According to prosecutors, her husband, Jordan Hawes, 32, faces second-degree murder charges.
Prosecutors say video surveillance shows him pawning a wedding band at an Astoria pawn shop.
A Connecticut State Police officer arrested him Feb. 4 after his wife’s vehicle was found at a rest stop near Bridgeport, according to the D.A.
“The defendant is accused of savagely beating to death the woman whom he purportedly loved,” District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. “If convicted, her brutal and senseless death merits serious punishment.”
His attorney, Sanford Talkin, told Metro that Hawes waived extradition to get back to New York and face the charges as soon as possible.
"Now he’s here, and we’re going to let the process play itself out in the court," he said.
He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.