LAKE COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - The jury trial for a 31-year-old homeless man accused of attacking four other homeless people with a saw began in Lake County Common Pleas Court Monday.
Lake County Sheriff’s Captain Robert Izzo said Brandon Hodgson attacked the victims around 12:15 a.m. Aug. 24 in the area of N. Ridge Roads between Bacon and Fairport Nursery Roads in Painesville Township.
Deputies started investigating when people driving by called 911 after noticing one of the blood-soaked victims yelling for help. Investigators believe she was among the first to escape the attack.
Hodgson and the victims all lived in tents in the same area, said Izzo.
The first deputy to respond to the scene testified in court Monday.
“It almost looked as if the bottom portion of her nose was just hanging there,” said Lt. Kevin Caico, referring to the woman who was spotted beside the road.
The jury was shown graphic photos of the victims, revealing the severity of their wounds.
They also saw crime scene photos of the makeshift homeless encampment, and the alleged weapon used in the attack.
Izzo said Hodgson used a hand-held saw, similar to that of of hand-held miter box saw to assault the victims.
One woman and three men were injured and Izzo said injuries range from moderate to life-threatening.
Hodgson is charged with attempted murder and felonious assault.
He is being held on a $400,000 bond.
The trial resumes Tuesday morning; the victims are expected to testify.