2 Women Describe Being Stabbed Multiple Times At Apartment On 4th Avenue

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Rodrickous Jeroski Hodges
Rodrickous Jeroski Hodges

A woman testified Tuesday that her former boyfriend, Rodrickous Jeroski Hodges, stabbed her and a female friend repeatedly after she told him she no longer wanted to see him.

In the incident Dec. 17 at 3700 4th Ave., Ueronica Watkins said Hodges "flipped out" and told her, "If I can't have you, nobody can have you."

General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom bound two counts of attempted first-degree murder to the Grand Jury against Hodges.

She said the two victims "are only alive today because the police arrived very quickly."

Judge Statom set a total $1 million bond for the 21-year-old Hodges.

Ms. Watkins said Hodges had been stalking her after she broke it off in early December. She said she told him she had moved out of town. She said on Dec. 17 they argued on the phone and then Hodges showed up at her apartment around 11 p.m.

She said they continued to argue after he pushed his way in. She said it appeared he had been drinking and smoking marijuana.

The witness said Hodges became angry and began choking her. She said he also hit her in the face with his fists and hit her in the head with a wine bottle.

She said she had called 911 soon after he arrived and she 

Ms. Watkins said after friend Destinee Jackson stopped by she was able to get outside the apartment. She said Hodges later followed them both back inside. He then stabbed her seven times in the chest and once in the leg. She said her lungs collapsed several times and she was in the hospital for 10 days.

Ms. Jackson said she stopped by after work "to chit chat."

She said after she knocked on the door, she saw Hodges peering out a window, then he locked the door. Then she said Ms. Watkins came outside, telling her, "Please help me."

After they were all inside, she said Hodges began attacking both of them with steak knives that were in the apartment. Police said two broken knives were found on the floor and a third one with blood on it was found under his jacket on a dryer.

Police said Hodges admitted stabbing the women. He said he had been drinking.



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