published Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

14-year-old arrested after woman shot to death in mobile home

A 14-year-old has been charged in the shooting death Tuesday of a Mount Vernon woman, according to authorities in DeKalb County, Ala.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states in a release on the case that the youth was arrested Tuesday after deputies answered a 911 call on County Road 99 at 1:05 p.m. CDT Tuesday.

Kelena Annette Hicks, 38, was found by deputies in the living room of her mobile home suffering from a gunshot wound, Harris said. She was flown to Huntsville Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday.

District Attorney Mike O'Dell ordered an autopsy and Coroner Tom Wilson delivered Hick's body to the Alabama Department of Forensics Science lab in Huntsville.

The teen was taken to a detention facility in Anniston to be held pending a court hearing to determine his status for court.

“This is one of the most disturbing cases I have had to deal with in my career," Harris said.

"You just can’t imagine a 14-year-old doing something this brutal. This will be a case for the courts to decide on the status of this young man. He will remain in juvenile custody until that decision is made," Harris said in the release. "I am very sorry for the family and their loss in this case. This young woman had just lost her father last month and this family is devastated. My thoughts and prayers go out to them. We will withhold any further due to the sensitive nature of the circumstances.”

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at or or or 423-757-6569.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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