Lufkin, TX — A Moffett man accused of beating his brother to death with a baseball bat in April pleaded not guilty to the charge in a Wednesday morning arraignment hearing.
Defense attorney Al Charanza said his client, Gary Wayne Hodges, 52, is not guilty of the crime with which he’s been charged — the murder of his 46-year-old brother, Kevin Hodges. Kevin Hodges was taken off life support in a Nacogdoches hospital four days after the incident, which Charanza said stemmed from a misunderstanding between the two men and Gary Hodges’ wife.
“He did not murder his own brother,” Charanza said Wednesday. “He did not do what he’s been charged with.”
After hearing evidence against Gary Hodges in late August, an Angelina County grand jury decided to formally charge him with first-degree murder. He has been out of jail on a $200,000 bond since the April 29 incident, according to county records.
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