New Murder Trial Denied — (Sun Sentinal)

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Sun Sentinal  DIGEST

May 16, 1998

Staff reports

Broward Circuit Judge James Cohn denied a new trial for a man convicted last month of first-degree murder.

The ruling means William Hicks still faces the electric chair for beating to death Elfreda Morris, 82, on Aug. 3, 1995, at her Lauderhill home.

Hicks killed Morris while he was looking for money to buy crack cocaine. He knew her because she lived next door to his mother.

Hicks’ attorney, Jeff Harris, sought an insanity defense because Hicks was suffering from severe depression.

He also said a psychiatrist prescribed four drugs for Hicks  – Wellbutrin, Prozac, Depakote, and Lithium –  that drove him into a frenzy when he smoked crack cocaine and drank alcohol.