Tennessee Representative David Hawk was in the Greene County Criminal Court Friday morning and waived his arraignment. He was indicted by the Grand Jury on Monday and faces a felony reckless endangerment charge after an incident in March involving his estranged wife, Crystal Goan.
"This has been a nightmare," Hawk said. "I strongly maintain my innocence in this situation."
Judge John Duggar removed himself from the case because he knows Hawk and works with Goan.
In court Duggar mentioned this is an unusual indictment because on the paperwork, the section code listed doesn't match the charge that Hawk faces. The indictment states Hawk recklessly caused bodily injury to his spouse, but the code is for a reckless endangerment charge. "It's a very bizarre process in this whole scenario," Hawk said.
Hawk says the case is takings its toll on everyone involved. "It's stressful, especially on my family more than anything," he said.
Hawk was re-elected in November and will head back to Nashville in January for the new legislative session. He said despite the court case, he plans to continue working for the people of Greene County. "I enjoy the challenges of my service. I'm honored by the number of votes on election day. And I'm looking forward to continuing the work we do in Nashville," said Hawk.
He is due back in court on May 30. The Tennessee Supreme Court will decide which judge will hear the case.