A 3rd District judge has granted a motion by attorneys for two men to be tried separately in the shooting death of a pregnant West Valley woman in a Kearns video store.
Judge Raymond Uno also agreed during a hearing Monday to continue the trials while he hears arguments for a change of venue and 20 other requests by defense attorneys for Charles Kenneth Hodges, also known as Charles McCovey, and Raymond Darl Young.
Hodges is charged with first-degree murder and Young with second-degree murder in the April 22 killing of Anna L. Holmes.Holmes, 31, was shot in the head and later died minutes after doctors successfully delivered her fourth child, a daughter.
The shooting occurred during an armed robbery of Video Voyager, 5448 S. 4220 West, where Holmes, her children and some neighborhood children were shopping, court records said.
Hodges, who requested during the Monday hearing that court records show that Charles McCovey is his real name, is charged with first-degree murder as the trigger man in the holdup. He became a suspect in the murder after witnesses identified him.
The judge granted defense lawyers' requests to postpone the trial pending a hearing on motions Sept. 13, which Hodges' attorney Andy Valdez said includes a document indicating he will use diminished capacity as a defense.
Hodges, 44, is being held on $1 million bail in Salt Lake County Jail. Young, 34, remains incarcerated in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Joseph Fratto, representing Young, requested a bail hearing after the motions are heard. The lawyer said he plans that Young be tried after Hodges.