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Teen-Ager Partied in House Where Family Bodies were Decomposing

October 16, 1995 GMT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ A teen-ager threw nightly parties at his home as the decomposing bodies of his mother, stepfather and stepsister lay nearby. He told friends the stench came from a dead cat, or maybe it was the sewer.

Aaron Flick Hodge, 17, was being held without bond on three counts of murder. After a court hearing Saturday, Hodge was sent to a jail 150 miles away, and arraignment was set for Jan. 19.

Authorities know of no motive for the killings.

The bodies of David Flick, 36, his wife, Barbara, 34, and their daughter, Andria, 11, were found Saturday in their single-story home in Rector, a town of about 2,300 near the Missouri border.

Police Chief Tommy Baker said the three, last seen alive around Oct. 7, had been dead for several days.

By the time of a party last Wednesday night, the odor was strong, Hodge’s friends told the Jonesboro Sun, and they suspected something was wrong.

``If you were inside, he would say that a cat had died,″ said Nick Green, a 14-year-old neighbor of the Flick family. ``If you asked him about (the odor) outside, he would say it’s just sewage backed up.″

Scott Mitchell, 17, who said he attended three or four of the parties, said, ``He had them all week. Day and night.″

Seth Cohn, 18, said Hodge, a high school senior, skipped classes every day last week, and told a classmate that he would ``probably be arrested″ by Friday.

``We knew he could be dangerous at times, but we never thought he would go this far,″ Cohn said. ``I’ve spent the night over there before and heard him and his dad fight. It was real bad. Everyone knew they didn’t get along.″

Baker refused to comment on how the three were killed until autopsies are completed. ``We feel we know how they were killed, but we can’t say at this time.″

The police chief said Hodge told a police officer the day before the bodies were found that his family had gone to Florida.

But police received calls from people worried about the family, and when another officer went to the house Saturday, the teen-ager asked to go to City Hall. There, he told police where the bodies of his family could be found.

Saturday night, Hodge called his paternal grandmother, Hope Allison. ``He sounded scared,″ she told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

``I can’t believe he was capable of that,″ Ms. Allison said. ``He’s a mild-mannered person.″

The teen-ager used the name Aaron Flick, but police are referring to him as Aaron Flick Hodge because it was unclear whether Flick adopted him.