Hawkins, Barnes appear in court on unrelated murder charges

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 03:17 PM

Two defendants in unrelated first-degree murder cases appeared in Vance County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Judge J.C. Cole ruled in favor of lowering the bond for Edward Hawkins.

His bond, which was previously set at $1 million, was lowered to $600,000.

He is represented by Theresa K. Pressley.

Hawkins was indicted on first-degree murder in the Feb. 16, 2013, shooting deaths of Kenya Odessa Hodges and Michael Jerome Kearney.

Hodges, 34, of 519 Daniel St., and Kearney, 33, of 804 Epsom Road, were found dead at the Scottish Inn on North Garnett Street. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.

No trial date has been set. Motions will be heard on Sept. 8.

Pressley, who also represents first-degree murder defendant Shakeem Barnes, presented several motions in court pertaining to Barnes’ case.

Cole denied Pressley’s motion to subpoena personnel records for Henderson Police Detective Alan Simmons, who was involved in the investigation of Barnes’ case.

Cole also ordered the court provide a transcript from a previous testimony Simmons made in Vance County Superior Court.

Barnes, 19, is charged with first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery in the May 4, 2013, shooting death of 25-year-old La’Darrius A. Talley.

Rodriguez Antoin Crudup is charged with attempted armed robbery in the case.

Talley, of 776 Mount Pleasant Road, Manson, died soon after being shot in the abdomen while driving on Lincoln Street with at least one passenger in the car with him.

Police indicated to the medical examiner that the front passenger shot at least once, then Talley ran the car off the road crashing into a pillar and fence in the 100 block of Lincoln Street.

No trial date was set.


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