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Trial set for September in 2022 murder case

by Matthew Hutcheson | June 5, 2023 at 12:00 a.m.

The trial for an El Dorado man facing charges including capital murder and attempted capital murder has been set to begin on September 24 following a 13th Circuit, Division 6 docket on June 1.

Charles C. Miller, 30, was arrested in May 2022 in connection with the shooting death of Willie Earl Hicks, Jr.

According to court records, El Dorado Police Department officers responded to a call regarding a burglary at a residence on Wilson Place on May 5, 2022 and found a female victim "bleeding from her head" along with a male victim - Hicks, Jr - unconscious on a bed. Hicks, Jr. had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, according to court records, and died later after being transported to the Medical Center of South Arkansas.

Investigators located .22 caliber shell casings at the scene along with other evidence including fingerprints.

The second victim, who was allegedly "shot in the face and beaten in the face and head, then shot a second time in the back," survived and spoke with police and described the suspect.

Officers later responded to a call on Champagnolle Road made by a group of people attempting to retrieve an allegedly stolen .22 pistol from Charles Miller.

The alleged victim of the theft told investigators later that she had allowed Miller to borrow her vehicle which contained her purse and a .22 caliber pistol containing three live rounds. This same witness allegedly also told investigators

Miller was arrested and charged after further investigation, including review of video footage from a local gas station that allegedly showed him with Hicks at a local gas station just below the burglary took place and after and found further evidence while executing a search warrant on Miller's residence.

Miller currently faces charges including aggravated residential burglary, attempted capital murder, possession of a firearm by certain persons and capital murder and, in a separate but related case, possession of a firearm by certain persons and theft of property - firearm.

According to court records, an omnibus hearing for the case will be held August 24 and the trial is set to begin on Sept. 24.

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