A Harrisburg man accused of shooting and killing 35-year-old Rhyhiem Hodge on Nov. 12 in Carlisle is one step closer to trial.

Christopher Jaquell Williams, 25, is charged with felony criminal homicide, robbery, possession of firearm by a prohibited person, two counts of felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor reckless endangerment and unlawful restraint. He is in Cumberland County Prison, and bail has been denied.

All of the charges were bound over to Common Pleas Court following a preliminary hearing Wednesday, according to court records.

Police said Williams arrived at Hodge’s home in the 200 block of West North Street in an attempt to purchase marijuana.

When announcing charges against Williams a few days after the killing, U.S. Attorney David Freed, who was at the time Cumberland County district attorney, said Williams used the potential marijuana sale as a ruse to gain access to the home.

Once inside, Williams drew a firearm and demanded money, according to police.

During a scuffle, Williams was stabbed, suffering a serious injury to his thigh, and Hodge was shot and killed, police said.

Williams went to UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg emergency room for treatment of his injury, where police were alerted to him, according to court records. Blood from Williams’ clothes at the hospital was matched to blood found at the scene of the crime through use of a rapid DNA system.

Williams is scheduled to appear in court for a formal arraignment at 9 a.m. Feb. 15, according to court records.

Email Joshua Vaughn at jvaughn@cumberlink.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Sentinel_Vaughn.

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