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Felony hearing delayed for arson-double murder suspect

Al-Shariyfa Robinson’s felony hearing for the double murder-arson of two men during a Curtiss Street fire was delayed Friday until Feb. 22.

Robinson remains jailed without bail on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree arson for the deaths of James Hodges, 64, and Edward Hughes, 58, in the home they shared at 392 Curtiss St. The rooming house was set on fire early on the morning of Oct. 10.

There were nine other residents of the rooming house, which is at the corner of Curtiss and Geneva streets a few blocks from the Central Terminal. The bodies of Hodges and Hughes were recovered by firefighters near a back door inside the burning house, which once housed the Old Depot Inn, a bar and restaurant.

The investigation into the fire confirmed reports that Hughes was essentially wheelchair-bound and Hodges had trouble walking because of a stroke he had suffered about a year before the fire.