Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Appeals Court Holds Up Murder Conviction

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Appeals Court Holds Up Murder Conviction

Article excerpt

An Evansville man's claims that his police statements should have been suppressed at his murder trial have been rejected by the Indiana Court of Appeals. In April 2013, a Vanderburgh Circuit Court jury convicted Robert Hicks of murdering his long-time girlfriend Anna Jochum during an argument at their Evansville apartment in early July 2012.

Hicks appealed his conviction, arguing that Judge David Kiely should not have allowed into evidence two recorded interviews in which Hicks admitted to striking and then stabbing Jochum.

In a suppression hearing before Hicks' trial, Kiely ruled that statements Hicks made during an initial

"pre-interview" could not be admitted at trial but that what he told police after he was read his rights could be used.

After killing Jochum, Hicks went to stay at a homeless shelter in Henderson, Ky.

Police first interviewed him in Henderson after Hicks voluntarily went to the Henderson Police Department to speak to officers, according to the appeal court's decision. …

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