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New charges filed against driver accused of killing Kingman woman
Allegations involve a separate incident

Robert James Dodd

Robert James Dodd

KINGMAN - The hits keep coming for murder defendant Robert James Dodd, 42, who was in court Wednesday for hearings on three of the four separate cases he faces.

The most serious charge involves the death of Linda Chevalier, 66, whom Dodd is accused of killing in a car wreck that ended a law enforcement pursuit in Kingman April 22.

Chevalier's relatives were in Judge Rick Williams' courtroom for the hearings, which were ultimately postponed until Nov. 19.

Instead, Williams arraigned Dodd on six new charges stemming from a violent incident that allegedly took place April 13, nine days before law enforcement says he ran a stop sign at Bank Street and Packard Avenue and crashed his vehicle into one driven by Chevalier. She died from her injuries several hours later at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

The new case includes two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of criminal damage and unlawful flight.

In total, Dodd faces more than two dozen felonies in the four cases. In a housekeeping measure, Williams set a $1 million bond that covers all four, rather than having separate bonds for each case.

Williams also took the liberty of assigning himself the fourth case since he was already assigned the first three.

There is a common theme in Dodd's criminal history. He has been in prison for running from law enforcement and several of his current charges involve the same allegation.

The case involving Chevalier's death includes a charge of second-degree murder, three counts of criminal damage, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The crimes occurred after Dodd violated his parole in 2013 after being released from prison - following his 2006 conviction on two counts of unlawful flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle and resisting arrest.

The third case alleges that in March, Dodd held a gun to the head of a man who was driving a vehicle when law enforcement attempted to conduct a stop. In that case, Dodd faces a charge of kidnapping, aggravated assault, five counts of misconduct involving weapons, disorderly conduct involving a weapon, endangerment - and yet another count of unlawful flight from law enforcement.

The fourth case charges Dodd with theft of means of transportation.

Prosecutor Jacob Cote appeared to hesitate when Williams asked if there were any other cases regarding Dodd.

"I don't believe there are," said Cote.

Cote also said the state will seek to enhance the sentences Dodd receives if he's convicted on any or all of the charges against him. Those enhancements include reports that Dodd has at least two prior felony convictions and that he was an absconder from parole when he allegedly committed the crimes for which he's now facing charges.

Chevalier's family, said Cote, has asserted their victims' rights, meaning her relatives can and will play an active role in Dodd's prosecution.


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