He refused to answer any questions about the case itself but told KRCR he wanted people to know that he had found God, and that is what led him to finally do the right thing and confess.
In 1993, 20-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister was killed.
In the years since the crime, Hawkins has found religion and credits his belief in God and Christ to have pushed him to do the right thing - although he admits that he understands he can't change what happened.
Hawkins said that there wasn't a moment in his life since that time that he hasn't been remorseful.
Shanna Culver, who was 16 at the time of the killing, told police this week that the four were in the vehicle, but that McAlister dropped her, her brother and Hawkins off near a Redding park - similar to the story police said the trio had told before.
Acting on that statement, police also arrested Curtis Culver, 45, and his sister, Shanna Culver, 41, after finding them Wednesday in the nearby community of Red Bluff, authorities said.
Hawkins said he seeks forgiveness. When he arrived, Curtis Culver and Hawkins stabbed him to death.
About one year later, a hiker stumbled across McAlister's remains.
An insurance settlement McAlister received prior to his slaying ― approximately $4,500 from a auto accident ― might have been a motive in his death, according to the Redding Record Searchlight.
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He told investigators that he, Curtis Culver, and Shanna Culver lured McCalister to an area near Hawkins's hometown of Shingletown and stabbed him to death.
"Today, the man that did it confessed, and he and two others will now be brought to justice", McAlister's uncle, Jon McAlister, wrote on Facebook.
He said he reached out to McAlister's family previous year to ask for forgiveness and vowed to confess to the crime.
"I've been through hell my whole life because of this", he said through tears.
Investigators say the motive for the murder was robbery.
'Every minute of every day has been a nightmare, ' he said. "It's kind of weird, 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", Hawkins said. Redding Police Captain Eric Wallace said one of the Culvers also made a confession but did not specify which one, reported the news station.
'By the time I got there, his father had passed away'.
After the interview was over, the TV station informed Redding's chief of police and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office that Hawkins was on his way to confess to a crime.