Criminal charges have been filed against two men in the murder of a West Valley woman shot during the robbery of a Kearns video store last week. Both men were to appear for arraignment before a 3rd Circuit judge Friday afternoon.
A criminal complaint filed Thursday charges Charles Kenneth Hodges, 44, with capital homicide and aggravated robbery in the death of Anna Holmes, 31, who was shot in the head during a holdup about 8:30 p.m. Friday at Video Voyager, 5448 S. 4220 West.The complaint names Raymond Darl Young, 34, Kearns, as an accomplice and charges him with second-degree murder and obstructing justice.
Judge Eleanor Van Sciver, who signed the charges, scheduled arraignment for 2:30 p.m. Friday. Bail has been set at $250,000 for Young and $1 million for Hodges.
According to the complaint's probable cause statement, Holmes' 12-year-old daughter saw Hodges point his gun at her mother's head and fire.
A man who was inside the store also identified Hodges as the gunman who entered the store, rounded up the customers and demanded money from the clerk. The witness heard a shot and observed Holmes fall to the floor, the complaint says.
Holmes, just over 8 months pregnant, was flown to University Hospital, where she was delivered by Caesarean section of a daughter, her fourth child. Holmes was pronounced dead moments later.
About $300 was taken in the robbery, according to reports.
A witness who knows associates of the suspects told police that she overheard conversations in which it was indicated that Young and Hodges had taken a gun and used a car that was seen at the video shop. Further investigation found that Young owns a car matching the description of the car a resident saw fleeing from the murder/robbery scene, the complaint says.
When questioned by Salt Lake County sheriff's detectives, Young first denied knowledge of the crime, but later admitted he was driving the car that Hodges jumped into following the robbery.
The complaint also says Young told detectives that as he and Hodges were fleeing the scene, Hodges stated that he had "shot a woman," according to the complaint. Young also told police he thought Hodges was stealing something.
Young is charged with second-degree murder because he acted as a party to the offense and, by engaging in robbery, created a risk that caused the death of Holmes, according to the complaint.
Hodges became a suspect Monday after witnesses identified him in a photograph as being the robber. That photo was snapped by Salt Lake police, who, acting on a tip, questioned a man Sunday in Liberty Park and took a Polaroid photo, which was passed along to sheriff's detectives.
The photograph of the man, who gave officers a fictitious name, was taken to the streets by police Monday afternoon. An Adult Probation and Parole agent showed the photo to an ex-convict, who identified the man as Hodges.
Hodges was arrested Monday night in an apartment at 395 E. 3360 South.