D.C. woman who is charged with stabbing her mother to death will remain in jail

As Kieva Hooks stabbed her mother 37 times in the chest, arms and hands, Hooks’s mother repeatedly cried out, “No, Kieva, no,” a homicide detective testified during a D.C. Superior Court hearing Monday.

Hooks, 31, wearing an orange D.C. jail jumpsuit, sat next to her public defender as prosecutors and homicide detectives told a judge that on July 31, Hooks killed her mother, Lynn Hooks, 54, in her apartment in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW.

Hooks’s attorney, Kia Sears of the D.C. Public Defender Service, did not deny the accusations. But Sears argued that her client was acting in self-defense and that Lynn Hooks had stabbed her daughter. Kieva Hooks, Sears noted, has stab wounds to her abdomen.

Detective Hosam Nasar told Judge Robert Richter that Hooks, who is charged with second-degree murder, told an officer that both she and her mother had knives at the time of the incident. Hooks also told authorities that her mother had sexually assaulted her when she was a child.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Rakoczy said there was no evidence Hooks’s mother had a weapon during the attack.

About three dozen relatives of the victim and defendant filled the courtroom.

After Hooks’s arrest, authorities said the defendant had been high on PCP at the time of the attack. But Sears said her client had not tested positive for the drug after her arrest and had told officers at the time that she had used PCP sometime in the past, but was unclear about when.

Sears argued that Hooks should be released from jail until trial, arguing that she had no prior arrests. But Richter declined the request, declaring that Hooks was a danger to the community .

“Ms. Hooks was very upset with her mother and inflicted these wounds out of anger,” Richter said. The judge added that Hooks was “not in a very stable frame of mind” at the time of the stabbing.

Hooks’s next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.
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