Muscatine teen charged with attempted murder


Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren announced that Jattathias Jalee Hodges, 16, of Muscatine was arrested by the Muscatine Police Department for the offense of attempt to commit murder. The charge is a class “B” forcible felony punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 25 years. Because the defendant is 16 and the offense is a forcible felony, he is being charged as an adult.

The criminal complaint alleges that on Feb. 21 at approximately 10:24 p.m., Hodges fired several rounds from a firearm at a 16-year-old male subject while at a residence in the 600 block of East Sixth Street in Muscatine. The victim was struck a single time in the shoulder. The victim’s injuries required emergency medical treatment but were not life threatening.

Hodges has had an initial appearance before a judge. The court set bond at $300,000 — cash only. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 9 at 9 a.m.

The charge against Hodges is only an accusation, he is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.