12-Year-Old Girl Says Father Forced Her to Dismember Mother's Body With Circular Saw

A 12-year-old girl has testified in court that she saw her father kill her mother and he then forced her to help dismember the body with a circular saw.

Police said James Hawkins cleaned the saw and returned it to a store where he had obtained it.

The testimony came Wednesday at a preliminary hearing for Hawkins, 30, who is charged with killing and dismembering his girlfriend, Charlene Gaither, on Feb. 9 in their apartment. His case was sent to a grand jury.

According to The Commercial Appeal, the girl testified that her father made her help cut off her mother's head, and she helped cut off Gaither's hands and feet.