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Shooting victim dies; suspect's charges upgraded

by Tia Lyons | May 14, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.

An El Dorado man who was shot in a home invasion and remained hospitalized for several days died earlier this week.

Willie Hicks Jr., 41, was placed on life support after he sustained a gunshot wound to the head during an apparent home invasion in the early morning hours of May 5 at his residence in the 1300 block of Wilson Street.

Jakeia Washington, 40, reportedly Hicks's fiancée, was shot twice and beaten during the incident.

Washington was released days ago from a Little Rock hospital and is back home with her family, said Capt. Scott Harwell of the El Dorado Police Department's Criminal Investigative Division.

A man who police described as an acquaintance of Hicks is in custody for the shootings.

An arrest warrant was issued a day after the incident for Charles C. Miller, 29.

Miller had already been arrested on unrelated charges when EPD investigators executed the arrest warrant in connection to the shootings.

He faces felony charges of capital murder, capital murder - criminal attempt, aggravated residential burglary, possession of a firearm by a certain person and felony with a firearm, which carries a penalty enhancement.

Miller was initially arrested on the afternoon of May 5 on warrants for possession of a firearm by a certain person, theft of property and a body attachment (nonpayment of child support).

He remains in the Union County jail with bonds totaling $26,500 on the initial charges ($25,000 for possession of firearm by certain persons and theft of property and $1,500 for the body attachment).

Miller did not receive a bond for the other offenses, as the 35th Judicial District Court does not typically issue a bond in cases in which a defendant is accused of capital murder.

Officers responded to the Wilson Street residence at approximately 4:18 a.m. May 5 after Washington called 911 and reported that she had been beaten and shot.

Upon arrival, officers found that Hicks and Washington had sustained gunshot wounds. Police said Washington may have also been beaten with the butt of a gun.

Both were transported to Medical of Center of South Arkansas for treatment.

Washington was later transferred to a Little Rock hospital and Hicks remained in MCSA, where he was placed on life support.

Harwell said Hicks's family decided to remove him from life support on May 9.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are working to piece together the details, Harwell said. He said Miller had broken into the Wilson Street residence when the shootings occurred.

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