New trial date set for March in Hodges case |

New trial date set for March in Hodges case

The attempted-murder trial of a Grass Valley man that was set to start on Tuesday has been rescheduled until the end of March.

Eric Craig Hodges, 36, is facing charges of attempted homicide and criminal threats in connection with a hammer attack on his aunt and uncle.

Hodges allegedly went to their residence on Maiden Lane on Nov. 30, 2012, and hit his aunt several times in the face with the hammer as she pleaded with him to stop.

He then allegedly hit his uncle in the back of the head several times with the claw end of the hammer.

Assistant Deputy Attorney Anna Ferguson has said Hodges faces a maximum term of 36 years to life.

Hodges' attorney, Larry Montgomery, filed a motion to continue the trial date, alleging that the prosecutor had failed to disclose the witness list in a timely manner and that the list did not contain addresses.

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Montgomery also claimed in his motion that his court-appointed experts, who were appointed in early December, had not had sufficient time to review the records and conduct testing.

Montgomery did not reveal what type of experts he was using.

His motion was granted and the trial was reset to start on March 25; a trial readiness conference was scheduled for March 3.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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