Erica Hicks Murder Trial Update
Posted by Childress on July 30, 2006
The trial of a 16-year-old boy for the death of South Carolina teen Erica Hicks is proceeding, with details of the girl’s final hours hitting public record. The Raleigh (NC) News and Record reports:
Wake County prosecutors said … the defendant had been providing drugs, including cocaine, to the victim during the 24-hour period before her death.
“He gave her coke the night before,” Wake Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita said. “He gave her drugs throughout the the following day starting at mid-afternoon.”
Hicks went into convulsions at the defendant’s home before midnight on Oct. 2.
Defense attorneys are taking a not unexpected course: Blaming water, not drugs. Yup. Despite arguing that it’s impossible to tell whether it was coke or ecstasy or some other drug that killed Hicks, the defense attorney also argued that it was water that killed Hicks. Drinking too much of it, of course.
That’s like arguing it’s the phone pole that killed the drunk driver, not the alcohol that wrecked his perception and caused him to black out.