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Fri, March 22

Suspect in deadly Kingman car chase arraigned
Pursuit ended with death of local woman

Robert Dodd

Robert Dodd

KINGMAN - Robert James Dodd pleaded not guilty to a total of 21 criminal charges involving three separate cases at his arraignment on Monday, four months after he killed Kingman resident Linda Chevalier while fleeing law enforcement officers who were in pursuit.

If convicted of multiple serious charges, it's possible Dodd could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Chevalier's husband David and daughter Karen were in the courtroom of Judge Rick Williams for what amounted to Dodd's first appearance at what could be a lengthy prosecution.

In addition to facing a charge of second-degree murder for allegedly causing the death of Chevalier, 66, Dodd in that case also faces two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated DUI, possession of methamphetamine, two counts of felony criminal damage, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony endangerment and misdemeanor charges of criminal damage and endangerment.

Dodd had an adult passenger in his car when he blew through a stop sign and plowed into Chevalier at Bond Street and Packard Avenue late in the afternoon of April 22. Law enforcement has not released the passenger's name.

The second case involved an incident in March that also included another unlawful flight from law enforcement, according to court documents. In that case, Dodd faces charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, five counts of misconduct involving weapons and two counts of disorderly conduct involving weapons.

Dodd faces a single charge of theft of means of transportation in the third case, which alleges he stole someone's vehicle in the 3700 block of Schaeffer Avenue sometime in the last week of March.

In each incident, according to prosecutors, Dodd was wanted for violating his parole.

He had quit reporting in to his parole officer.

Williams explained to Dodd what the potential sentencing could be should he be found guilty.

He could get between 16 and 35 years if found guilty of causing Chevalier's death, and he could get up to 25 years for each of the two kidnapping counts - again, if he is found guilty.

The fact that he has prior felony convictions and was a parole absconder at the time he allegedly committed the most recent offenses means Dodd could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison.

Dodd is being held on a total bond of more than $1.1 million dollars.

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