BENTON COUNTY - A three-day jury trial for a Benton County man accused of two counts of manslaughter will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 20 in Ashland.
In September 2014, Eric Hodges, 35, of Lamar was arrested and charged with manslaughter by culpable negligence after the death of David Glass, 51.
According to the Benton County Sheriff’s Department, Glass was attacked by three pit bulls owned by Hodges at the intersection of Sexton Road and MS 7 in Lamar. Glass was found approximately four hours after the attack and was able to give Benton County Sheriff Arnie McMullen an account of what happened to him before passing away the next day.
Benton County Circuit Court Clerk Kathy Graves says it was after Glass’ attack that deputies noticed similarities from the death of Derrick Sanders in July 2014 and began a second investigation into Sanders’ death.
The three pit bulls owned by Hodges were ordered to be euthanized in 2014.
Manslaughter is an offense punishable by imprisonment for not less than two years and not exceeding 20 years.
Hodges’ trial will begin at 9 a.m. at the Benton County courthouse.