- Associated Press - Monday, November 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - A teen accused in the death of his neighbor and then setting her house on fire has been indicted for arson and capital murder.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/11Ouz0i ) 18-year-old Traveil Hicks was indicted last week by a Lowndes County grand jury for the August death of 46-year-old Gwen Roberson. Roberson’s mobile home was less than 50 yards from Hicks’ home on Downs Road.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant on Friday declined to release Roberson’s cause of death to the newspaper saying he has not yet received a final autopsy report.

Hicks is being represented by public defender Steve Wallace. His court date is set for Feb. 23, 2015. If convicted of capital murder, Hicks could face the death penalty.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com


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