Crime & Courts

State appeals court upholds Charlotte murder conviction

The N.C. Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Edward Hicks, who argued that errors by his Mecklenburg trial judge cost him a fair trial.

Hicks was convicted in March 2014 of shooting Nakio Cousart of Charlotte and sentenced to life in prison without parole. In his appeal, Hicks argued that Superior Court Judge Bob Bell made a number of procedural errors. Among them: admitting hearsay testimony and not allowing the jury to consider a lesser second-degree murder charge.

In a unanimous response, an appeals court panel dismissed most of Hicks’ objections outright. The judges also ruled that any errors by Bell were not prejudicial. Michael Gordon

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