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

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

June 25th, 2014 by Ben Benton in Local - Breaking News

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."

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