Immediately prior to giving himself up to authorities, however, Hawkins was confessing to the crime for the first time at Sinclair Broadcasting's KRCR in Redding, California.
44-year-old Brian Hawkins told CNN affiliate KRCR that he was involved in the death of 20-year-old Frank McAlister in 1993.
After speaking with reporters, Hawkins went to the Redding Police Department, where cops say he admitted to having a role in McAlister's death.
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.
Hawkins told officials he and Curtis Culver stabbed McAllister to death, and dumped his body in the woods in rural, mountainous Shasta County.
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Hawkins, according to police, told investigators this week that back in 1993, he and the Culvers learned that McAlister had just received some insurance settlement money, and that he wanted to use some of it to buy methamphetamine, and then sell the drugs for profit.
McAlister's remains were found one year later by a hiker, cops said.
They then robbed McAlister and stabbed him to death, leaving his body at the scene of the crime and dumping his vehicle in a Costco parking lot.
Hawkins and both siblings have been arrested.
All three were being held in the Shasta County Jail; the men were held on $1 million bail each and Shanna Culver, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was being held without bail. "I know the wrong can't be changed but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing ..." Instead, he was robbed and stabbed to death-his body left to rot and his auto dumped at the nearest Costco.
Horrible, horrible, horrible, absolute horror, absolutely horrible since that day.
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"Every minute of every day has been a nightmare", Hawkins said. "Frank never got to have a life, but we were teenagers and now I'm 44 and still haven't even had a life and now most likely won't anyway".
Investigators said that after they were taken into custody, one of the Culvers confessed to their part in the crime, though it was not revealed which one came forward. "I've been through hell my whole life because of this".
"I talked to them several times and told them I was going to make it there so I could tell them what happened and I wanted their forgiveness", he continued.
Hawkins said he hopes the community can forgive him.
Hawkins and Curtis Culver were charged Friday with murder and robbery.
"I'm not running. I just need someone that cares".
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Anyone who has any further information about McAlister's killing is asked to contact the Redding Police Department at 530-225-4200.