The Duncan Banner

August 6, 2013

Comanche man in jail after threat to use ax to cut off head of teenage male

By Staff and Wire Services
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — A Comanche man has been charged with threatening to use an ax to cut off the head of an 18-year-old man.

Online court records show that 50-year-old Randell Kent Hodges was arrested after going to the district attorney’s office and making the threat and is charged with planning an act of violence. He’s being held in the Stephens County jail on $250,000 bond.

Authorities say Hodges was upset because he believes that the teenager had harmed a member of Hodges’ family and that law enforcement had made little progress in that case.

According to an affidavit, District Attorney’s Investigator Justin Scott said he was called about an aggressive person in the district attorney’s office Tuesday and discovered Hodges was irritated about an issue involving an 18-year-old man and said, “I have an ax that I am going to use on him.”

Hodges continued talking about ways he could kill the teenager, threatening to cut off the teen’s head and saying, “I have made a liar out of myself before and have learned a lesson, but next time, when I call you and tell you I have his bloody, dripping head in my hands, you will know I am not lying and I have killed him and you better not come alone to get me.”

Scott said he stopped Hodges from talking and asked if he was aware that he’d just confessed to attempting first-degree murder. Hodges told the investigator he realized that, and he still intended to kill the teen.

In Scott’s report, he said Hodges was allowed to leave the courthouse, but was then taken into custody by Stephens County Sheriff’s deputies who had an arrest warrant.

Investigators reported finding an ax at Hodges’ home when he was taken into custody.

Defense attorney Carrie Hixon, a former Assistant District Attorney for District Six, did not immediately return an after-hours phone call from the Associated Press seeking comment.