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Shooting case sent to grand jury

Wire • Mar 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

A woman who was said to be a heroin user shot her boyfriend following an argument over a child, a detective said Friday.

The shooting of 28-year-old Adam Hicks followed an argument with his girlfriend, Carri Breckenridge.

Breckenridge had allegedly used heroin the night before and was trying to leave with her infant child during an argument about her drug use, Lima Police Det. Steve Stechschulte Jr. said. Stechschulte said witnesses helped him piece together the events that led Breckenridge to shoot Hicks.

“They explained that the argument had started over her suspected use of heroin the night before,” he said. “It escalated, and the reason they were arguing was he did not want her to leave with the infant child. He felt she was not in a good spot to take care of the child and the child would be in danger.”

Lima Municipal Magistrate Richard Warren found there was enough evidence to send the case to the grand jury for consideration. Breckenridge, 29, is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony that carries up to eight years in prison.

The child, a 3-year-old girl, is Breckenridge’s daughter. Testimony did not reveal whether the child was related to Hicks.

Stechschulte interviewed Breckenridge following the incident.

“She admitted to threatening to kill him at one point because he wouldn’t let her take her daughter with her,” he said.

Breckenridge also made a statement about the shooting, which she called an accident.

“She mentioned right before the gun went off her purse had fallen on the ground. She had reached down to grab the gun and when he turned and came at her it accidentally went off and shot him in the chest,” Stechschulte said.

Hicks was shot once in the chest with a .45 caliber handgun. He survived but spent five days in the hospital, Stechschulte said.

Breckenridge threatened Hicks’ life moments before the shooting and first told a story that Hicks was holding her by her wrist when the gun was fired, Stechschulte said.

Stechschulte later interviewed Hicks.

“He said when she threatened to do harm to him the first time, she had actually racked a round into the chamber. He said the gun is actually kept without a round in the chamber and with the magazine not seated,” Stechschulte said.

Hicks' statement claims it would be impossible for the gun to accidently fire a bullet, as his girlfriend doesn't keep it loaded and ready all the time.


By Greg Sowinski - The Lima News, Ohio (MCT)

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