By Novpreet Shoker
This Monday afternoon the arraignment for 32-year-old Robert Hodges was held in Department 1, after he was held in Yolo County custody without bail. Mr. Hodges is accused of the attempted murder of his wife and the murder of their three children. While few details have been released, the charging document confirmed that the two older children were killed with a belt.
What started out as a domestic violence call in West Sacramento last Wednesday evening turned out to be the worst mass killing in recent Yolo County history, as police responding on the scene found three young children unresponsive, soon to be declared deceased.
After coming home from work, Hodges’ wife was attacked by Hodges. Soon after, she found her children unresponsive.
Hodges fled the scene but was later found and arrested that evening.
The Yolo County Coroner’s Office identified the children as Kelvin Hodges, 11; Julie Hodges, 9; and Lucas Hodges, 7 months.
Hodges pled not guilty to the charges made against him through his defense attorney, Deputy Public Defender Ron Johnson.
Hodges faces several charges that include special circumstances as well.
District Attorney Jeff Reisig has filed the following charges:
Count 1 is for the premeditated murder of Hodges’ youngest son, Lucas Hodges, who was 7 months old.
Count 2 is for the premeditated murder of Hodges’ daughter, Julie Hodges, who was 9 years old. This count involves further enhancements that indicated Hodges was not only lying in wait, but also used a belt on young Julie.
Count 3 is for the premeditated murder of Hodges’ oldest child, Kelvin Hodges, who was 11 years old. This count also involves special circumstances in which the enhancements indicate Hodges lay in wait and used a belt on Kelvin.
Hodges is facing a fourth count of attempted murder on his wife, who is believed to have sustained injuries from Hodges attacking her. This count includes an enhancement that specifies his actions as premeditated and willful.
There is a possibility that Yolo County might seek the death penalty, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
Judge Arvid Johnson scheduled the pre-hearing conference to be on October 2 in Department 14 at 8:30 a.m.