GAINESVILLE – A grand jury convened on Sept. 16, indicted Russell Dewayne Hogg, of High Springs, on five charges, two of which were murder in connection with the Sept. 11 shooting deaths of his wife and son.
The grand jury indicted Hogg of two counts of first degree murder, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.
Hogg is being held without bail on the murder charges and on $100,000 for each of the other three charges.
The Public Defender’s office has been assigned to represent Hogg against the charges. Hogg’s counsel submitted a plea of not guilty on his behalf on Sept. 22.
Hogg is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on Oct. 6, although the Public Defender’s office wrote in the plea of ‘not guilty’ that Hogg “waives formal arraignment.”
Hogg, 58, has been accused of shooting and killing his wife, Trenda Hogg, 48 and their 22-year-old son, Anthony Wayne Hogg, on Sept. 11, reportedly after a family dispute over a pickup truck.
According to an arrest report, just before 1 p.m. on Sept. 11, Russell Hogg pulled into the driveway of the family home at 240 Poe Springs Road in High Springs. He allegedly exited his vehicle, pulling out an AK-47 rifle and pointed it at his son stating, “I told you I was going to kill you,” to which Anthony Hogg replied, “shoot me then.”
Russell Hogg reportedly fired two rounds at his son, striking him in the torso. The report states, “[Russell Hogg] then walked up to him and shot one round to his face.”
Upon realizing Anthony Hogg had been shot, Trenda Hogg ran outside where “Russell [Hogg] pointed the gun at her and fired several rounds at her,” the arrest record states.
Russell Hogg then threw the gun down and an eyewitness grabbed the gun and threw it under the house to prevent further access to it. Russell Hogg then got into his car and left, officials report.
Two witnesses told investigators that Hogg stated his intentions to commit the crime beforehand. “Russell was at their home and made the statement he “was going over to kill them.” After the shooting, Russell Hogg allegedly returned to the witnesses’ home where he stated, “I told you I was gonna’ kill them,” the report states.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Russell Hogg on U.S. Highway 441 a short time after the shooting.
Hogg made several statements acknowledging that he killed his wife and son, according to Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sandra Myers.
Among his statements to investigators was that, “Tony [Anthony Russell] had gotten too big for his britches,” and that if he could have whipped his son, he would have, “rather than having to kill him.”
Myers wrote, “Russell [Hogg] also stated that it hurt him to see his wife laying there barely breathing because he did not want her to die.”
“I just killed my family and the bread winner of the home,” Russell Hogg allegedly said.
The arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.
Hogg indicted by grand jury
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