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September 25th, 2008
Additional details in Hicks arrest emerge

A homicide that occurred Sunday, March 12, 2006, had no suspect or person of interest. Jack Larue Hood Jr, born July 23, 1956 was murdered at his home on 4810 Trails End in San Marcos. Hays County Sheriff Allen Bridges said David Paul Hicks, 32, turned himself in on Friday after confessing to the murder.”This is one of the rare cases where someone comes forward and does the right thing,” said Attorney David Sergi who is representing Hicks.

Sergi said he was contacted Wednesday, September 17, by Hicks. Sergi and Robert Updegrove are representing Hicks and were present during his confession.

“He had a sense of responsibility and remorse,” said Sergi. “The guilt was eating away at him and that’s why he decided to turn himself in. He accepted full responsibility” of the crime.

Sergi said he was not at liberty to discuss the details of the case, because there are so many components, including “mental health issues.” He said Hicks attained a head injury after falling on concrete that went untreated, and he added that Hicks had at one point been committed to the Austin State Hospital.

Bridges would not divulge any specifics of the case because he said there is an on-going investigation. Hicks is currently in the Hays County Jail with a murder charge, a first degree felony punishable by life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than five years and a fine not to exceed $10,000. Justice of the Peace Joanne Prado has set bond at $500,000.


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8 thoughts on “Additional details in Hicks arrest emerge

  1. Oh yeah….boy we can rest so much easier now that such a violent killer is off the streets according to the DA’s office. I will tell you I will rest easier knowing there is one less child predator on the loose. We act like Hood was some kind of upstanding citizen….he was a child predator! Good luck David. You are in my prayers!

  2. Jack Hood was wrong for what he did. There is no excuse. I’ll pray for both of them, and you also. God loves all his children, even idiots like you!

  3. I am sad for both persons. Given that the average criminal has a 36.4% chance of going back to prison and the sex offender has about 25% on average (according to the Texas agency responsible for sex offender management), I am saddened that Hood is seen as less human and his crime is lessened.

    At the same time I am saddened equally knowing that the justice system will process Mr. Hicks and that he will never be the same. Prison, I can personally say, has a way of changing us all forever.

    Hopefully we can all walk away from this and remember that a respect for the law from all persons is a cornerstone of a stable society.

  4. I know david and i am sad to know what has happened david was my friend and still is my friend david is the type of person to give the shirt off his back help someone and not ask anything in return i will miss my friend as he goes through this long ordeal and i personally feel that sex offenders ought to be put behind bars and never let out or be put under the jail theres no excuse for what sex offenders do or have done i hope that david is strong enough to make it through this and never look back my prayers are with david and his family and i ask that u dont believe that david is a monster because of what is wrote or said about him these are people that have no idea what kind of person he really is david comes from good people and is without a doubt still a good person dont judge him for one bad decision here is a good qoute to remember “To human is error to forgive is devine” goodluck david ill be praying for u my friend.

  5. I guess when you have an article citing “…concrete that went untreated…” you’ve opened the door to whatever grammar and punctuation one chooses to use.

  6. Periods, commas, capitalization, tenses, correct use of the apostrophe; they are so “Old School”!

    Give me street slang, ghetto abbreviations. and run-on sentences any time.

    That will keep me up-to-date and in-line with what our schools are turning out these days.

  7. I only heard about what happened to David Hicks today. I looked up the articles on the web and I cried. This is not the person I knew. David is my own children’s age and was in my home numerous times and our families were friends. What happened, I don’t know. I do want people to know how intelligent this guy is. He had the highest scores on testing in his high school. Yes, he made a very wrong decision in taking a life but he did come forward and own up to it knowing that punishment would follow. It just breaks my heart that he is where he is.

  8. I did a google search on David today because David was actually a roommate of mine over 10 yrs ago in Austin for a while, and I hadn’t seen or heard from him since and was curious about his whereabouts. This is the last thing in the world I’d ever thought that I would see. It saddens me and he is definitely not a bad person what so ever. He is an extremely intelligent and caring guy. Maybe if this hospital wouldn’t have denied him the care he needed, this could’ve easily been avoided. It’s a terrible mistake, but with his head messed up, he may have thought he was doing the right thing by taking matters with the pedophile in his own hands. Whatever the case may be it’s terrible.

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