Monday, April 14, 2008

El Monte homicide update

The victim lived in a trailer (not apparently visible on Google Earth). Left no fingerprint of his existence as far as public records and was apparently arrested three times in recent months by El Monte and Baldwin Park police, according to the Los Angeles County's Sheriff's Inmate Locator.

The guy also has a lengthy rap sheet for drug possession, car thievery and spousal abuse. Motive anyone?

Here's our story for tomorrow's paper:

EL MONTE — Detectives are continuing to investigate the death of a 33-year-old man found shot inside a trailer late Saturday.

Jack Edward Hicks’ body was discovered shortly before midnight in the 5200 block of Cogswell Road, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Denise Fuchs.

The body was found inside a trailer next to a back house where Hicks had been staying, said Detective Gil Carrillo of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.

Several candles sat in front of the trailer Monday.

He suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, police said.

“Friends just went down to visit and found him,” Carrillo said. Investigators have found no witnesses who reported hearing any shots, he said.

No gun was found at the scene, and the case is being investigated as a homicide, Carrillo said. A motive or suspect description was not known, he said.

The exact time of the shooting was unknown, Carrillo said, however he estimated it occurred some time Saturday.

Carrillo declined to release any further details about the circumstances of the shooting.

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