Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Man confesses on television to cold case murder

Man confesses on television to cold case murder

A hiker found McAllister's remains a year later, police said.

Brian Keith Hawkins, 44, of Shingletown, called the station to say he wanted to admit his role in the killing, but producers told him the interview wouldn't air until he turned himself in to police, according to KRCR.

Hawkins expressed remore while talking to KRCR. He said he wanted people to know he was remorseful.

After the interview, Hawkins went to the Shasta County Sheriff's office to meet with police investigators, the Redding Police Department said.

He said he and his siblings, 46-year-old Shanna Culver and 45-year-old Curtis Culver, robbed McAlister to get money for methamphetamines and then killed him.

"God and Christ and these things that have happened over the course of 25 years have pushed me and pushed me to do the right thing", he said.

Hawkins and the Culvers were arrested and charged with the murder of McAlister.

All three individuals now reside in the Shasta County jail-on charges of murder, robbery and burglary. They are being held without bail.

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Hawkins and the Culvers have since been arrested and are being held in Shasta County jail. Because she was a minor at the time of the alleged crime, details about her case are private. The trio then took his money and vehicle and drove back to Redding, abandoning the vehicle in the Costco parking lot.

Authorities soon found his auto and immediately suspected foul play, as a large amount of blood was found inside.

Detectives knew in 1993 that the three were the last people to see McAlister alive, but Hawkins and the Culver siblings denied any connection with his death. Police say they left his body in the woods and abandoned the vehicle in a Costco parking lot.

This undated booking photo provided by the Shasta County, Calif., Sheriff's Office shows Brian Hawkins, 44, who has confessed to a 1993 killing in an emotional interview with a television station, saying his faith in God led him to do the right thing. Before he made it, however, McAlister's dad died, he said.

KRCR-TV reported that police said one of the Culvers has also confessed, but declined to specify which one.

During their interviews with police this week, Hawkins and the Culvers gave different accounts.

Redding police arrested Hawkins and the Culvers. Hawkins reached out to KRCR 7 ABC news to confess to his crime on camera before turning himself into the police station next door.

During his TV interview Tuesday, Hawkins, wearing a long-sleeve T-shirt and camouflage trousers and clasping a can of cola, declined to give details about the killing.

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