Two men were arraigned Friday in 3rd Circuit Court in the slaying of a West Valley woman shot in a Kearns video store last week.
Charles Kenneth Hodges, 44, has been charged with capital homicide and aggravated robbery in the death of Anna Holmes, 31, who was shot in the head during a holdup of the Video Voyager, 5448 S. 4220 West, on April 22.A second man, Raymond Charles Young, 34, Kearns, has been charged with second-degree murder and obstructing justice.
The arraignment took place before Judge Eleanor Van Sciver, who earlier set bail at $1 million for Hodges and at $250,000 for Young.
Van Sciver set a 2:30 p.m. roll call hearing date for May 10 in the case.
Andy Valdez, attorney for Hodges, said his client wanted the proceedings to take place as rapidly as possible.
Valdez also said he was concerned that the case had received a lot of public attention and the media had reported statements by members of the Salt Lake County sheriff's office, in which conclusions regarding the defendant's guilt had been made.
Van Sciver asked state prosecutors to review with law enforcement officials statements that are appropriate for public disclosure.
"I'm not going to issue any kind of a gag order," Van Sciver said.
According to the complaints' probable cause, Holmes' 12-year-old daughter saw Hodges aim his gun at her mother's head and fire. Hodges was also identified as the gunman by another customer in the video store, who heard the shot and saw Holmes fall to the ground.
Holmes, who was eight months pregnant at the time of the shooting, was flown to University Hospital where she was pronounced dead two minutes after delivering her fourth child, a girl, by Caesarean section.
Young owns a car matching the description of a vehicle, which was seen fleeing the murder scene by a Kearns resident, the complaint says.
Young told Salt Lake County sheriff's detectives he drove the blue Buick Hodges jumped into after the robbery, where about $300 was stolen.
He also told detectives that as they were fleeing the scene, Hodges said he had "shot a woman," the complaint said.
Hodges was arrested Monday following a valleywide dragnet after a picture taken of him Sunday was positively identified by some of the witnesses. Young was apprehended Tuesday.