Double murder case delayed

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 06:31 PM

Edward Demario Hawkins, facing two first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of a man and a woman Feb. 16 at Scottish Inns motel, will wait out the weekend before appearing in Vance County District Court.

Judge Daniel Finch accepted an explanation by defense attorney Steven B. DeCillis, who had a scheduling conflict. DeCillis came to the courtroom briefly Thursday morning.

Finch delayed Thursday’s scheduled hearing and set a hearing time for Monday. Hawkins continues to be held without bond in the Vance County Jail.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Capps said Monday’s hearing will focus on probable cause matters, leaving open the possibility that the case could be ordered to proceed to Superior Court.

On Feb. 26, police arrested the 26-year-old Hawkins, of 1664 Tripp Street in Henderson, charging that he gunned down Kenya Odessa Hodges, 34, and Jerome Kearney, 33, with malicious intent at 3:18 a.m. that Saturday morning.

Police said the shooting happened in a breezeway at the motel. Damage points and fired rounds that struck a wall and window of the motel were found at or near Room 171, according to police reports.

Emergency responders pronounced Hodges and Kearney dead at the scene.

Henderson have not commented on a possible motive, if there was an altercation or if others were in the outdoor area or nearby when the shooting occurred.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.