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Man accused of deadly attack on family says he's 'guilty of all' charges

David Edward Hodges, 57, is in jail facing multiple charges related to a deadly attack on his family.

Posted: Sep 21, 2019 6:19 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2019 5:19 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Little more than two days after his arrest for the alleged murder of his father-in-law and the attempted murder of his wife and step-daughter, 57-year-old David Hodges appeared in a Jackson County court on Monday afternoon.

Hodges has been charged with murder, attempted murder, attempted murder with a firearm, assault in the first degree, and assault in the first degree with a firearm.

At his arraignment hearing on Monday, Hodges listened to Judge Lisa Greif read out the charges and the possible sentences. Then, Judge Greif asked Hodges if he wanted a court-appointed attorney.

"I would like the attorney, and I would like to have . . . um . . . because I'm guilty of all that," Hodges told the Judge.

"Okay, don't talk about the facts of your case Mr. Hodges, this is not the time to do that — these are things you should be discussing with your attorney," Judge Greif said. "Because anything that you do say can be used to convict you of a crime."

At that, Hodges fell silent.

Just after 10:30 p.m. on Friday night, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting at a home in the 7000-block of Rogue River Highway. The caller, later identified as the suspect’s wife, 40-year-old Kristie Hodges, reported an assault with a firearm.

"Gunshots could be heard in the background of the call before it disconnected," JCSO said in a statement.

When deputies arrived, they found the body of 64-year-old Richard Rudolph "with apparent gunshot and stab wounds." They also found Kristie Hodges injured with multiple gunshot wounds, and her 16-year-old daughter suffering from blunt and sharp-force injuries. Both of them were rushed to the hospital.

“When the deputies went into the home, they believed an armed suspect was still inside,” said Sergeant Julie Denney. “They showed incredible courage and their action helped the survivors to get much-needed medical treatment as soon as possible.”

The deputies quickly realized that Hodges had fled the home, JCSO said. Later, at 2 a.m. in the morning, Sheriff's Office K9 and SWAT personnel found him — reportedly hiding under a tree across the highway from the house. Officers arrested him on multiple charges, including murder.

Hodges sustained minor injuries from a dog bite as he was taken into custody, JCSO said, and he was not armed at the time. Hodges was treated at Providence Medford Medical Center before being lodged in the Jackson County jail. 

Multiple agencies are still investigating the violent incident, led by the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU). Anyone with information is asked to call the JCSO tip line at (541) 770-8333.

At the arraignment, Judge Greif ordered that Hodges be held without bail due to the seriousness of the charges.

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