A Chicago teen is behind bars after capturing and killing his girlfriend whereas “play combating” with a gun.
Lafayette Hodges has been ordered held with out bail after the 18-year-old was charged with one rely of involuntary manslaughter for capturing and killing his 19-year-old girlfriend, Lyniah Bell, with a gun he thought was unloaded Friday (Dec. 27) night time in East Chatham, prosecutors stated, CBS experiences.
Hodges cried by way of his mug shot photographs and thru his bond listening to on Monday (Dec. 30), CBS experiences.
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In the course of the listening to, a decide set Hodges’ bail at $50,000 however ordered him held with out bail for violating the phrases of his earlier bond, CBS experiences.
In April, Hodges was arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting arrest after he reportedly punched and bit two officers, in keeping with court docket data, CBS experiences.
Hodges was launched after posting bail, however was reportedly arrested not less than two extra occasions on drug fees, CBS experiences.
On the time of the capturing on Friday (Dec. 27), Hodges was out on bail within the aggravated battery case, CBS experiences.
On Monday (Dec. 30), Hodges’ protection lawyer stated he was not a flight threat and requested the teenager be launched on digital monitoring, CBS experiences.
Hodges had been courting Bell for 9 months earlier than the capturing, prosecutors stated, CBS experiences.
Round 10 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 27), officers have been referred to as to Hodges’ dwelling after a witness reported listening to a gunshot whereas Bell was within the bed room, prosecutors stated, CBS experiences.
Hodges, who fled the scene and referred to as his mom to inform her what occurred, turned himself in early Saturday (Dec. 28), about six hours after Bell was shot and killed, prosecutors stated, CBS experiences.
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He advised police he thought the revolver was unloaded whereas “play combating” with it and pointing it at himself, one other good friend, and Bell earlier than pulling the set off, Prepare dinner County prosecutors stated, CBS experiences.
Hodges claimed the good friend, whose title has not been launched, introduced the gun to his home and emptied the bullets onto the mattress earlier than he began taking part in with it, in keeping with prosecutors, CBS experiences.
He additionally advised detectives that when he pointed the gun at Bell, she stated, “he liked her an excessive amount of to harm her.” Whereas nothing occurred when he pulled the set off on himself and the good friend, Hodges stated it went off in Bell’s face when he pointed it at her and pulled the set off, in keeping with prosecutors, CBS experiences.
The 19-year-old girl, who was dwelling on winter break from Michigan State College, was shot within the head and pronounced lifeless on the scene, however the gun has not been recovered, CBS experiences.
Bell’s household doesn’t imagine Hodges’ story, CBS experiences.
“You had six and a half hours to provide you with a narrative, recruit a witness, eliminate a gun,” Sam Brown, Bell’s cousin, stated exterior the courtroom, CBS experiences.
“Him sitting in court docket crying, I might have cried too, OK?” stated Joseph Wright, additionally Bell’s cousin. “He ought to have had tears popping out his eyes. He ought to have, as a result of he took an harmless life,” CBS experiences.
Bell’s household needs to see him charged with “first-degree homicide,” Brown stated, CBS experiences.
Hodges subsequent listening to is scheduled for Tuesday (Dec. 31) for the earlier aggravated battery case, CBS experiences.
His subsequent listening to for the involuntary manslaughter case is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, CBS experiences.