Modesto homicide suspect to be arraigned Wednesday

08/12/2014 7:16 PM

08/13/2014 9:54 AM

The man accused of killing his wife’s boyfriend at an east Modesto apartment Sunday will be arraigned Wednesday in Stanislaus Superior Court.

Investigators believe the victim, 24-year-old Kyle Hoffman, was in his car near an apartment complex on Lakewood Avenue when he was shot by the suspect, 43-year-old Russell Kee, said Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Heather Graves.

Kee is then suspected of fleeing in Hoffman’s car, with Hoffman still inside, from the Lakewood Avenue apartment Kee shares with his wife, Graves said.

Officers discovered Hoffman dead inside the car and found Kee in an alley a few blocks away. Police would not say if the weapon used in the shooting has been recovered.

Chuck Bergquist lives near where police found Kee. He said police rang his doorbell about 3 a.m. Monday and told him they believed the suspect had dumped some clothing in a trash can in the alley behind his home. They also asked to check his pool and search his backyard because they thought the man might have been in the pool cleaning himself. Bergquist said the police did not tell him if the search of the yard and inspection of the pool turned up any evidence.

Graves said Tuesday that the victim had a “dating relationship” with the suspect’s wife.

Hoffman’s mother, Suzanne Hoffman, said Kee’s wife, Brandye Kee, had been investigated on suspicion of a sexual relationship with Kyle Hoffman when he was a juvenile. Public records indicate the two lived together in 2012.

Dos Palos Police Chief Barry Mann confirmed there was an investigation into the 40-year-old woman, whom Suzanne Hoffman said met her son because he played basketball with the Kees’ son.

Mann would not elaborate on the investigation Monday and did not return phone calls Tuesday.

Kyle’s brother Eric Hoffman painted a different picture of Brandye Kee, who apparently maintained relationships with the two men for years.

Eric Hoffman said his brother became a more caring, responsible person with her. She helped him care for their dying grandmother, he said.

“She helped my brother mature and grow,” Eric Hoffman said. “You have to judge someone based on the quality of their actions, and I can only judge her on the actions she has shown me.”

A knock on the door of the Kees’ apartment was not answered Tuesday evening. A downstairs neighbor who declined to give his name said Russell Kee had been living there about a year and Brandye Kee had been living there off and on.

Russell Kee will be arraigned in Department 12 of the courthouse at 1:30 p.m.

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