UPDATE: Juvenile now charged with DeKalb County woman’s murder

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DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris leads the teen out of a holding facility in Anniston(Photo: Melissa Henry, Times-Journal)

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris leads the teen out of a holding facility in  Fort Payne.(Photo: Melissa Henry, Times-Journal)

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – A 14-year-old boy being held in a DeKalb County woman’s death is now officially charged with her murder.

The teen, whose name is not being released due to his age, has been in custody since Tuesday.  That’s the day Kelena Annette Hicks was shot at her home on County Road 99 in the Mount Vernon community near Fort Payne.  Hicks, 38, was rushed to Huntsville Hospital where she died.

Investigators have not released details of the crime, nor have they publicly said how the teen and woman are connected.

Friday, the juvenile appeared before District Judge Steve Whitmire in a closed hearing.  Deputy District Attorney Bob Johnston detailed the events which led to Hicks’ death.

The judge appointed lawyer Robert Ray to represent the juvenile, who is now officially charged with murder.  Matt Green was also appointed to serve as the teen’s guardian during the upcoming proceedings.

Judge Whitmire found there was probable cause to keep the teen in custody.  The state filed a motion to have the teen certified as an adult for trial.

Another hearing to review that matter will be scheduled after August 1.

The suspect was returned to Anniston, where he will remain until then.

Funeral details

Kelena Hicks’ funeral service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Perry Funeral Home Chapel, located at 1611 East Bypass in Centre, Alabama.  Rev. Lynn Hughston will officiate.  Burial will follow in Tates Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday.  More information is available at perryfuneral.net.

Kelena Hicks was a native of Cherokee County and worked at Leesburg Yarn Mill.


    • Nuclear Mike

      Bubba…you are right and his size appears to be larger than the Sheriff…now to hear the entire story…and btw>>>

      Where is the story of the Downtown Huntsville vandal attack last night at 0330AM this morning??? How much damage was done at the Belk Hudson Lobby area? How many hurt? How many arrested????
      What is going on in Downtown for these attacks to happen???

  • Bobbie Lingerfelt

    He needs to be charge as adult. Kids killing adults is getting to be happening to often. They need to go to jail as adults if they wanna try to act like insane or idiotic people and make dumb choices

  • martha j moore

    god bless him,may god be with him,only god know why and what happen to cause him to do this.i praying for the whole family,but i really sending up prays for him.he needs help not just throw .away.i pray god please wrap your arms around him show him love and let him know he is not along,and keep him save thru all of this,dear god please help him get the help he needs to for give his self and to be able to move on.i pray they find out the whole truth behind all this dear god and let it all out,all this i pray,Amen

  • Kevin Roden

    Whether he tried as a child or an adult, this ‘thing’ doesn’t need to be released back into the population. One less maniac that my wife and I don’t have to worry about harming our children or ourselves.

  • Jeanne

    I know size doesn’t determine maturity when a kid is his mid teens, and this is a big kid! I also know that a fourteen year old knows it’s wrong to kill someone therefore he should be tried as an adult for this crime. Adult crime, adult time. We get the feeling that this kid shot his mother or someone close to him, no doubt an argument? Still the same questions, how do unstable kids so easily get their hands on a gun?

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