CROWN POINT — The trial of Devonte D. Hodge on attempted murder charges originally set to start Monday has been reset to Jan. 22.
Hodge, 22, was charged Feb. 2 in Lake County Criminal Court with attempted murder, aggravated battery and battery by means of a deadly weapon. The shooting of a woman took place Dec. 8, 2016, in the 400 block of Matthews Street, Gary, according to court records.
On Oct. 24, Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray granted a continuance of the trial requested by defense attorney Derla Gross. Hodge had requested a speedy trial. Because the delay in the trial was requested by the defendant’s attorney, it doesn’t count toward the right to a speedy trial.
Hodge beat two prior murder charges. He was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force after crashing a vehicle in the area of Grant Street and Interstate 80/94, court records indicate.
He is being held in Lake County Jail on $500,000 bond. Murray raised Hodge’s bond to $500,000 from $100,000 on Feb. 28 as requested by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Aleksandra Dimitrijevic. Hodge will appear in court for a pretrial conference on Jan. 4.