26-year-old mother of 3, Jessica Hicks, did not kill her boyfriend, cops shot him, but she has been sitting in an Arizona jail for more than two years, awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge
Although she did not pull the trigger, Jessica Hicks is deemed responsible for the felony death of her car-thief boyfriend, she is on trial on a first-degree murder charge
Sitting in jail for murder because she was with her boyfriend when cops shot him as they fled police. Craig Uran, 23, was shot dead by an officer, fleeing after carjacking a woman
At the time, Hicks was living a transient’s life with Uran, a known car thief with a string of weapons charges
Though a cop killed Uran, under state law, she’s held responsible for his death, because she was a party to the commission of a felony when the death occured
Officer David Norman, who fired the shot that killed Uran, has been cleared of any wrongdoing
Hicks who was in the passenger seat and allegedly took part in the carjacking faces a life sentence
Jessica Leanne Hicks. The mother of 3 was living the life of a transient at the point of the carjacking which changed her life forever
Apple Watch Sport, Space Grey Aluminum Case/Black Band, 42mmJessica Hicks has spent the past two years in an Arizona jail, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her ex-convict boyfriend during a carjacking followed by a chaotic police chase.
Jessica Hicks never killed anyone, but she has been sitting in jail for more than two years, awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge.
She was living a transient’s life with her boyfriend, Craig Uran, a known car thief with astring of weapons charges.
A officer of Phoenix SWAT shot Uran. Kowever, under state law, because she was with him during the commission of a felony subsequent to his killing, Hicks can be held responsible for his death and can be sentenced to life in prison.
Jessica Leanne Hicks arrested by deputies, after the car chase March 18, 2014
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On the morning of March 18, 2014, a Phoenix officer spotted Uran and Hicks at a motel as they got into a pickup truck Uran had stolen. Uran allegedly pointed a gun at the officer,and so began a police chase.The chase led into central Phoenix where a squad of marked and unmarked police cars and an armored mini-tank were waiting for them.
Around 11 am Uran pulled into the parking garage of a commercial development known as CityScape and carjacked a woman inside the garage. Uran told the victim he had a gun. Hicks helped him wrestle away her keys, and they took her Ford Escape. When they screeched out of the parking garage, the Escape was immediately rammed by the police mini-tank.
Craig Uran was shot by SWAT during the carjacking
It spun around and catapulted over light-rail tracks and onto the sidewalk with Uran still trying to outpace the cops.
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Two officers in pickup trucks tried to ram the Escape. The second one struck, rattling Uran and Hicks, airbags deployed and the car stopped. A minute later, a police bullet tore through Uran’s skull, killing him instantly. Police pulled Hicks out through the passenger-side window, cuffed her and took her to the ground, hard.
Hicks, then 23, was charged under Arizona’s felony murder rule, which holds that if a killing occurs during the commission of certain felonies, such as unlawful flight from law enforcement or robbery, the persons responsible for the felony can be charged with murder.
Jessica Hicks, in jail on first-degree murder in the 2014 death of boyfriend, Craig Uran who was shot by Phoenix SWAT during a carjacking
THE FELONY MURDER RULE
Jessica Hicks was charged with first-degree murder in Craig Uran’s 2014 death-by-cop under Arizona’s felony murder rule, which holds that if a killing occurs during the commission or attempted commission of a felony, the person responsible for the felony can be charged with murder.
The felony murder rule originated in England under the Common Law.
Initially, it was strictly applied, encompassing any death that occurred during the course of a felony, regardless of who caused it. For example, if a police officer attempting to stop a robbery accidentally shot and killed an innocent passerby, the robber could be charged with murder.
Most jurisdictions in the US have limited the rule by requiring that the felony must be a dangerous one or that the killing is foreseeable.
A person can be charged with murder when a death happens during a felony such as kidnapping, unlawful flight from law enforcement, robbery, child molestation, sexual assault and arson.
To prove felony murder, the prosecution does not need to show that the killing was intentional, but merely the result of committing another major crime.
Arizona is one of 46 states that have the felony murder rule. In 24 of those states, it can be punishable by death.
A SWAT officer shot and killed Uran, a known car thief and drug user, after the jacked Ford Escape hab been stopped
According to police, Hicks confessed to being an active participant in the parking garage carjacking
Hicks, a mother-of-three who has been battling drug addiction since her teenager years
Cops said they shot Uran because he appeared to bend down to pick a gun, but the firearm that was in Uran’s possession during the carjacking was a pellet gun, but
Hicks was in the passenger seat of the stolen SUV when a police mini-tank rammed it during a chase in downtown Phoenix
The felony murder law is true even if a participant in the felony is not directly responsible for the death, which was the case in Uran’s killing, Arizona being one of 46 states that have a felony murder rule on the books Hicks, who was sitting in the passenger seat, was then dragged out of the vehicle through the window, handcuffed and slammed to the ground by police.
She was charged with first-degree murder in her boyfriend’s killing, armed robbery and auto theft.
Although Hicks did not kill Uran, she was charged with his murder under Arizona’s felony murder rule
During her initial court appearance, she was ordered held on $270,000 bail – an amount that made the young mother-of-three gasp in shock.
‘There’s no way I can be released? I was kidnapped,’ she argued in court.
Police said Hicks was not only a passenger in the stolen truck when Uran pointed a gun at the detective, but that she actively participated in the parking garage carjacking.
It was later determined that the firearm that was in Uran’s possession was a pellet gun that looked so realistic that it even fooled his accomplice.
At the time of his death, Uran was awaiting trial on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm but had been released on $1,800 bail on November 6, 2015.
His criminal record also included a prior conviction for a drive-by shooting, felony weapons possession and theft of means of transportation, for which he was incarcerated in 2009 on three-and-a-half years.
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Whether Hicks was helping Uran or just going along to stay alive is in dispute. Hicks would later claim that she went along with the carjacking because she was afraid of her boyfriend, whom she described as schizophrenic and bipolar. She also said that the 26-year-old was smoking meth as he drove. The police report differently, police reports indicate that though she climed she was with Uran “under duress” she admitted to helping Uran carjack the woman.
The kill shot by officer David Norman, was deleared a ‘good shoot’ by the Maricopa County Attorney;s Office, which reviewed the case.
At the time of his death,the scowling Uran was awaiting trial on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm
Court records also show that Uran and Hicks both had criminal records. Uran was released from prison in 2012 after serving a little more than three years for transportation theft and misconduct involving weapons. Hicks took a plea agreement on a drug-paraphernalia charge in September, 2014.
The prosecutor offered Hicks a plea deal, as part of which she would have to plead guilty to a downgraded charge of manslaughter, and in return he would recommend a sentence of seven to ten and a half years in prison her attorney rejected the offer, instead asking for time served.
If convicted of the first-degree murder charge, Hicks could face life in prison, prosecutors have said they would not seek the death penalty in her case.