SACRAMENTO, CA - Phillip Hernandez said little at his arraignment in a courtroom packed with members of his family Friday night.
He had a fresh gash on his head. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office said it is from a "self inflicted injury during an incident in his cell." He is being housed in the psychiatric floor of the jail.
One person who has begun speaking out is his ex-wife and the mother of 9-year-old Matthew, Jessica Rose Hernandez.
Phillip Hernandez kept his head down as the judge read the charges accusing him of using a hatchet to kill his son. His family sat in the courtroom, but they had little to say when it was over. One exception, the suspect's grandmother, who reportedly witnessed the attack.
"My grandson is not a monster," Adialada Amezola yelled on the sidewalk in front of the jail.
Hernandez's attorney Stan Kubochi said he intends to use the days ahead to try to get to the bottom of what happened.