Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Stabbing Victim and Suspect Identified as 'Associates'

Rodney Hall Hodges, 40, of Sallisaw is now incarcerated in the Sequoyah County Jail, Sallisaw police reported, and will most likely be held there without bond on a murder charge until he is taken for the first time before a judge.

Kennith Charles Reed, 37, of Sallisaw was pronounced dead at Northeast Health Systems – Sequoyah (Sallisaw hospital) on Tuesday evening, after he was allegedly stabbed by Hodges at about 7 p.m. at an empty house at North Walnut and Argyle Streets.

Police reported Hodges estranged wife was also at the scene, but they are not releasing the name of the woman. 

Both Hodges and Reed had extensive criminal backgrounds. A woman with whom Hodges sought a marriage license in 2015 also sought a protective order against him in November, but the case was stricken when the parties did not show up for a hearing in December.

Hodges’ record also includes criminal and traffic cases from 1998 to 2017. The criminal cases range from possession of controlled dangerous substances to larceny, which is the most recent. Hodges was to be in Sequoyah County District Court on the larceny case on March 14. He had entered a not guilty plea to that charge, and was free on a $1,000 bond.

Reed’s record of criminal and traffic cases also runs from 1998 to 2017. The most recent criminal case was three counts of first-degree burglary filed in 2015. Reed pleaded guilty to the charges in 2015, and was on probation. Ironically, Reed was due in court on Wednesday when a payment plan for fines was to be discussed.

Sallisaw police said Wednesday that Hodges, who surrendered to authorities on Wednesday morning, did talk with Sallisaw investigators and with Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) investigators on Wednesday morning, but the content of his statement was not released.

The OSBI is assisting Sallisaw police with the investigation.

Police reported that Hodges and Reed were acquainted with each other, and are identified as “associates,” but there is no apparent motive for the stabbing.

They added that the house where the stabbing took place, at Walnut and Argyle Streets, is not inhabited, and was apparently a “mutual meeting place.”

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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