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Tucson police identify victim in southeast side homicide, suspect charged

John Francis Hodson
Posted at 10:10 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 21:39:54-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson police are investigating a homicide that happened on the southeast side Tuesday evening.

Officers were called out to the area of Golf Link Road and Calle Yucatan around 5 p.m. after two men were involved in a fight and one man was injured, according to TPD.

Upon arrival, officers found a man unresponsive where they attempted to render aid until Tucson Fire medics arrived.

Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified Wednesday as 63-year-old Robert M. Norwood

Through interviews, detectives learned that Norwood was outside his home painting his exterior wall. TPD says Norwood was approached by a man identified as John Francis Hodson (53), who believed he was spray-painting graffiti on the wall.

"A verbal confrontation ensued between the two. The confrontation turned physical in which Norwood and Hodson wrestled to the ground. Witnesses at the scene were able to separate the two males as officers arrived. The scene was processed and evidence was collected. Detectives spoke with the suspect and several witnesses," TPD said.

Hodson has since been charged with manslaughter and was transported to Pima County Jail.