Man wanted in death of wife in Springfield surrenders to police in Utah

Published: May. 31, 2022 at 12:00 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2022 at 5:05 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A man wanted in the death of his wife in late May in Springfield surrendered to police in Utah.

Jacob Hodgkins, 32, of Springfield, faces a murder charge in the death of his wife Ada Hodgkins, 42.

Officers responded to Glenview Ave. Saturday to investigate a shooting. They found Ada Hodgkins with a gunshot wound. Investigators say Hodkins told emergency workers her husband shot her. She later died at a Springfield hospital.

Investigators say a witness walking his dog heard the gunshot. The witness said he observed a man leaving the home. Investigators say he then heard a woman, Hodgkins, screaming.

Investigators say Jacob Hodgkins has a criminal history, including drug possession in Utah.

The family of Ada says they are relieved that he is finally in custody.

“I was shocked,” Patty Thompson, Ada’s mother, says. “Nobody thought he would turn himself in.”

Over the weekend, a family member received a message from Jacob’s Facebook page reading he would surrender to the police.

“We can now get justice for our daughter,” Thompson adds. “I can’t express how thankful I am that he turned himself in.”

Ada Hodgkins’ funeral service was Saturday.

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