A Modesto man on Wednesday afternoon made his first court appearance since he was arrested on suspicion of shooting to death his wife’s boyfriend.
Russell Kee, 43, has been charged with murder, along with enhancements of committing a crime with premeditation and using a gun, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.
The defendant is accused of shooting 24-year-old Kyle Hoffman on Sunday night. Investigators believe Hoffman was in his car when he was shot near an apartment complex on Lakewood Avenue in east Modesto.
Kee entered the courtroom Wednesday afternoon wearing a red-and-white jail inmate jumpsuit and shackles on his wrists and ankles. He did not enter a plea during the brief hearing.
Judge Nan Jacobs postponed his arraignment until Friday. Kee plans to hire defense attorney Doug Maner to represent him.
The judge ordered Kee to remain in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail without bail. The defense attorney and Deputy District Attorney John Baker will have an opportunity to argue over what Kee’s bail amount should be.
Modesto police believe Kee drove away in Hoffman’s car after the shooting, with Hoffman still inside. The shooting occurred near the Lakewood Avenue apartment Kee shares with his wife, according to investigators.
Officers discovered Hoffman dead inside the car and found Kee in an alley a few blocks away.
Modesto police said Hoffman had a “dating relationship” with Kee’s wife. Public records indicate Hoffman and Kee’s wife lived together in 2012.
Dos Palos Police Chief Barry Mann has confirmed there was an investigation into whether Kee’s wife had a sexual relationship with Hoffman while he was a minor.