Crime, Fire + Courts

Hoskins arraignment postponed until Friday

By From page A2 | August 07, 2014


Deputy Public Defender Dave Muller listens as Susan Kathleen Hoskins of Woodland, who is accused of murdering her husband, addresses Commissioner Janene Beronio in Yolo Superior Court on Wednesday. Hoskins' arraignment was postponed at until Friday, at her request. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

WOODLAND — A Woodland woman accused of murdering her husband Sunday evening appeared in court briefly on Wednesday but her arraignment was postponed at her request until Friday to allow time for an attorney to be appointed.

Woodland police say Susan Kathleen Hoskins, 59, shot her husband, 60-year-old retired probation official Bryan Morris Hoskins, in the chest at her residence in the 600 block of Knollwood Drive on Sunday night before calling 911 and reporting the incident.

Hoskins faces a felony murder charge as well as an enhancement alleging the intentional and personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury.

During Wednesday’s court appearance, Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Janene Beronio agreed to the continuance and told Hoskins, who is in jail custody, “In the meantime, there’s no bail. You understand that?”

Hoskins nodded before being led away by sheriff’s deputies.

Woodland police have not disclosed the alleged motive for the shooting or the type of weapon used, other than to say it was a handgun that was recovered from the scene.

Lt. Anthony Cucchi also has said the shooting did not appear to be accidental nor committed in self-defense, and noted the couple had no documented history of domestic violence prior to Sunday’s incident.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

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