- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A jury is deciding the fate of a 40-year-old man charged in the stabbing death of a University of South Carolina professor in her Columbia home.

Jurors can find Hank Hawes not guilty, or guilty of murder or voluntary manslaughter in the killing of his girlfriend, 36-year-old Jennifer Wilson, in August 2011.

Local media reported that prosecutor Luck Campbell told the jury this was undoubtedly a case of murder. She said Wilson was stabbed 22 times and beaten and Hawes stayed in her home for hours, planning his defense and a suicide attempt.

Campbell says that shows this wasn’t just a crime of passion.

Hawes’ attorney doesn’t deny he stabbed Wilson, but says she attacked him first, biting him on the finger.

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