HECTOR AMEZCUA / hamezcua@sacbee.com

Phillip Raymond Hernandez is arraigned on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Sacramento, jail on murder charges in the hatchet death of his 9-year-old son Matthew Hernandez.

First court appearance for dad accused of killing 9-year-old son

Published: Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 14, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Wearing an orange jumpsuit and with fresh stitches across his forehead, the Sacramento man accused of killing his 9-year-old son with a hatchet made his first court appearance Friday.

Phillip Raymond Hernandez, 36, was assigned a Sacramento attorney, Stan Kubochi, but did not enter a plea. His arraignment is scheduled for March 14.

Outside the downtown courthouse, Kubochi said he had yet to speak to his client and declined comment on the case or on Hernandez's mental health.

Hernandez was assigned to the jail's psychiatric ward during the intake process. His injuries were self-inflicted and occurred while in custody, a sheriff's spokesman said.

It was an emotional court appearance for a large contingent of Hernandez's family, two of whom were handed tissues before Hernandez was brought into the courtroom.

They declined to comment as they pushed past reporters after the hearing.

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