Henderson police make arrest connected to motel double murder

Feb. 27, 2013 @ 05:32 PM

Henderson police have arrested Edward Hawkins and charged him with two counts of first-degree murder in relation to the shooting deaths at the Scottish Inn in Henderson Feb. 16.

Hawkins, 26, lists a 1664 Tripp Street, Henderson, address. No bond was granted.

Kenya Odessa Hodges, 34, of 519 Daniel St., and Jerome Kearney, 33, of 804 Epsom Road, both of Henderson, died from gunshot injuries at the scene of the 3:18 a.m. shooting that Saturday morning.

Hawkins made an appearance with defense attorney Steven B. DeCillis at the Vance County magistrate’s office, then allowed himself to be handcuffed and placed in a police detective’s vehicle for transport to Vance County Jail.

Hawkins had friends on hand to help him surrender without incident. He embraced several friends or family members before leaving the magistrate’s office for jail.

Friends and family members indicated they did not want to comment publicly on the arrest.

In a written statement on the arrest, Lt. Christopher Ball said police arrested Hawkins in the afternoon, and he was ordered jailed without bond.

Police had earlier told The Dispatch the shooting happened in a breezeway. Damage points and fired rounds that struck a wall and window of the motel were found at or near Room 171. An incident report by police indicated an undetermined firearm was used in the shootings.

Emergency responders pronounced both victims dead at the scene.

Henderson police declined comment on questions of possible motive, if there was an altercation earlier or if others were in the outdoor area or nearby.


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