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Arrow Seattle Police are seeking Daniel T. Hicks

Police: Murder suspect was upset infant daughter wasn't a boy

by KING5.com Staff
Posted on December 24, 2009


Seattle Police are seeking Daniel T. Hicks in relation to the murder of a 28-year-old woman and her 13-week-old daughter in south Seattle, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009.

SEATTLE - Prosecutors have now charged a man with aggravated first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his 13-week-old daughter and his girlfriend.

Daniel Thomas Hicks, 29, is on the run and considered armed and dangerous. Police believe he killed 28-year-old Jennifer Morgan and the couple's daughter, Ema, sometime Monday.

The bodies were found Tuesday morning by the little girl's grandmother at their home at 1330 S. Ferdinand Street.

According to probable cause documents, Jennifer and Hicks had rented the basement of the home from Jennifer's parents for the last several years.


Ema Morgan

While the family was thrilled over Ema's birth, Hicks apparently was not.

The documents say Jennifer had confided in her mother that Hicks was upset the child was not a boy. He also allegedly was jealous and suspicious of Jennifer and expressed reservations that he was actually Ema's biological father.

According to the documents, Jennifer's mother went to work Monday afternoon, believing that Jennifer was going to tell Hicks he should move out. When her mother returned that night, Hicks' truck was gone. All was quiet in the basement, so the mother believed Jennifer and Ema were asleep.

The next morning, when Jennifer's mother went downstairs to check on them, she found the bodies. Police say both Jennifer and Ema had been shot multiple times.

Hicks' half-sister allegedly told detectives that Hicks was "paranoid and refused any help" when Ema was born. One of Jennifer's co-workers told detectives that Hicks once threatened to kill Jennifer and himself, and had two loaded guns on him when he made the threat.


Jennifer Morgan

Jennifer's mother told police that she even asked Hicks' brother, who was home for Thanksgiving from deployment in Iraq, to talk to him about his allegedly abusive behavior. But, it did no good.

Because of the aggravated circumstances in the charges, Hicks could face the death penalty if convicted.

Hicks is described as a light-skinned black male, 6-feet-4 tall, 160 pounds with brown eyes and short hair. He may be driving a white 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck with a chrome tool box in the bed, with Washington license plate number A68135Z.

Police say Hicks has several guns registered to his name. If you see him, do not approach him. You're asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Unit at 206-233-5000.

Those wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or send a text to CRIMES (274637). Your text message should include "TIP486" to ensure proper routing. If a tip leads to an arrest and the filing of charges, you may receive a $1,000 reward.

A vigil is planned outside the Morgan home beginning at dusk Thursday.

A memorial fund for the family of the victims has been established. You can donate to:

Jennifer and Ema Morgan Memorial Fund
Washington Federal Savings Bank
4800 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

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Fugitive boyfriend charged in Beacon Hill double slaying

Daniel Hicks, who is still on the run, was charged Thursday with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder, accused of shooting his longtime girlfriend and their infant daughter multiple times. In a note to his brother, Hicks said, "I am sick, like Grandpa" — an apparent reference to the murder-suicide of his grandparents in 1983.

December 24, 2009

By Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times staff reporter

Daniel Thomas Hicks was charged Thursday with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder, accused of fatally shooting his longtime girlfriend and their infant daughter after his girlfriend apparently told him she wanted him to move out of the Beacon Hill home where she'd grown up.

Hicks has been the subject of a police manhunt since Tuesday morning, when Jennifer Morgan's mother discovered her body on a couch in the renovated basement where the couple and their young daughter lived, according to charging documents filed in King County Superior Court. Hicks is accused of killing Morgan and 13-week-old Ema Morgan sometime after noon Monday, the papers say.

On Wednesday, Hicks made a collect phone call to his father from San Jose, Calif., charging papers say. His father, who didn't speak with Hicks, called Seattle homicide detectives, who have yet to locate the 29-year-old fugitive.

The only penalties for aggravated first-degree murder are life in prison or death, according to a news release issued by King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

Once Hicks is arrested and arraigned, Satterberg will have 30 days to decide whether to seek the death penalty.

The charging documents detail the horrific scene detectives found:

Hicks, who is accused of using a .45 caliber handgun, allegedly shot Jennifer Morgan at least 12 times and his daughter at least seven, according to charging documents. Twenty-one casings were found, and the documents point out that the type of gun used holds "an absolute maximum of eight rounds" — which means the weapon was reloaded at least twice.

A chilling family secret is also revealed in the charging papers: In 1983, Hicks' grandfather, Dean L. Hicks, killed his wife, Lona L. Hicks, and then himself. Daniel Hicks was a baby at the time.

Charging documents say Hicks left a note for his brother, a member of the military who visited Seattle over the Thanksgiving holiday but is now back in Iraq.

Found inside a bag of his brother's personal effects left in the basement apartment Hicks shared with Morgan, the note read: "I'm sorry. ... I hope your stuff is not stolen by the police. I am sick, like Grandpa. Sorry cannot fix life. Please live for yourself and not others. Do not cry."

Through interviews with Morgan's mother, Hicks' brother and half-sister, and one of Morgan's co-workers, detectives learned Hicks had been depressed and suicidal for some time — and his condition worsened when he learned his girlfriend of nine years was pregnant, the charging papers say.

He wanted her to have an abortion, claiming Morgan "was just trying to trap him with the pregnancy," the papers say.

Charging documents also accuse Hicks of threatening to kill Morgan and himself, and say he "had two loaded guns while he was making these threats."

Hicks hasn't worked for more than a year and spent most of his time in the basement apartment in the 1300 block of South Ferdinand Street, the papers say.

Detectives found a cache of weapons, all registered to Hicks, and ammunition in the house, but it is not clear in the charging documents whether the seized handguns included the suspected murder weapon.

Problems between the couple grew as the holidays approached, the documents say. Morgan told her mother Hicks was upset the baby was a girl instead of a boy. He also "became very jealous and suspicious of Jennifer," and questioned whether he was the baby's biological father, the papers say.

On Monday, Morgan planned to tell Hicks he needed to move out while her mother was at work, charging papers say. When Morgan's mother returned home around 9 p.m., she noticed Hicks' pickup was gone and "took solace in the expectation that the defendant had agreed his move was best for the family."

The mother told detectives "all was quiet downstairs" Monday night, and she thought her daughter and granddaughter were sleeping, the documents say.

Tuesday morning, she went downstairs to ask Morgan a question about a Christmas gift: "To her horror, [she] observed her 28-year-old daughter bloodied and obviously dead on the couch." She ran upstairs to call 911 but had "no idea that her granddaughter was also on the couch," the papers say.

Hicks was last seen about 6 p.m. Monday by a neighbor as he left in his pickup, according to charging documents.

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Beacon Hill couple's happy life began to fall apart, friend says

Seattle police are still searching for Daniel Hicks, a "person of interest" in the slayings of his girlfriend, Jennifer "J" Morgan, and their infant daughter, Ema, who were found dead in their Beacon Hill home on Tuesday.

By Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times staff reporter
December 24, 2009

They clicked instantly and fell in love. Their friends thought they were the kind of couple who would be together forever.

But a friend says something changed in the past year. Daniel Thomas Hicks stopped working and, slowly, became possessive and temperamental, the friend said. Though depressed, he was excited about becoming a father, she said.

Seattle police are still searching for Hicks, whom they continue to call a "person of interest" in the slayings of his girlfriend of nine years, Jennifer "J" Morgan, and their baby girl, Ema. Morgan and her 13-week-old daughter were found fatally shot inside their Beacon Hill home just after 10 a.m. Tuesday by Morgan's mother, Renee.

Seattle police are investigating the deaths as "suspicious." No new information was available Wednesday, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office has not released Jennifer and Ema Morgan's official cause of death.

On Wednesday, Renee Morgan's employers, owners of Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, issued a statement expressing sympathy for the Morgan family and announcing that a memorial fund has been set up at the Washington Federal Savings Bank branch in Columbia City.

"Out of respect we are not commenting on the circumstances of this ongoing investigation," the statement says. "Tutta Bella is a close-knit family of caring and compassionate team members who are supporting each other at this difficult time."

Morgan, 28, grew up in the house where she was killed, said her friend, Bianca Robinson. Morgan and Hicks renovated the house's lower level, splitting living space and bills with Renee Morgan, she said.

Robinson met Jennifer Morgan in 2000 when Morgan was hired by the Seattle radiologist who employed Robinson at the time. Within months of starting that job, Morgan met Hicks, Robinson said.

"I know she was deeply in love with him," Robinson said. "They seemed like two people who would really stick it out."

Hicks, 29, didn't have many friends but quickly fell in with Morgan's circle, Robinson said. He worked at a hotel, and later in construction. He was always hospitable when friends dropped by, telling them, "Mi casa es su casa," she said.

When Morgan learned she was pregnant, "she made sure she ate really well and she quit smoking," Robinson said. "She was totally ready to be a mom, hands down."

Hicks seemed ready to be a parent, too, she said. Robinson bumped in to him a few months back: "He was excited about the baby," she said.

Two weeks ago, Robinson, Morgan, Morgan's sister, Hicks' sister and another friend met at a restaurant in downtown Seattle. It was the first time the women had gotten together since Ema was born, and they spent the time playing with the baby and talking "smack like we always do," Robinson said.

Last week, Robinson received a Christmas card with Ema's photo on the front.

"She's a beautiful baby," said Robinson, a mother of four. "I can't believe Ema didn't make it to her first Christmas."

Hicks has no major criminal history, according to court records.

But in 2002, he was convicted of attempted second-degree malicious mischief for kicking a dent into the side of a woman's car and shattering one of her windows after he accused the woman of hitting him as he crossed a downtown street.

Hicks, whose sentence was deferred, was ordered to attend anger-management classes and pay $967 in restitution.

According to Robinson, Morgan was a talented artist "who could close her eyes and draw something. ... She was her own unique person. She was true to herself, true to who she was, and it's something I always respected about her."

Robinson said she's struggling to understand why her friend is dead.

"I don't know what went wrong. ... But things changed," Robinson said.

"Maybe she was hoping the old Daniel would come back. She thought he'd truly come around and thought if she stuck by his side, he'd get better."

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Man sought in girlfriend's, baby's deaths arrested in Santa Cruz

Daniel Thomas Hicks, charged with the slaying of his longtime girlfriend and their 13-week-old daughter last week, was arrested this morning by officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department.

By Christine Clarridge and Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times staff reporters
Monday, December 28, 2009

Daniel Thomas Hicks, charged with the slaying of his longtime girlfriend and their 13-week-old daughter last week, was arrested this morning by officers in Santa Cruz.

Hicks was arrested about 10 a.m. without incident by Santa Cruz Police Department officers, according to Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt. Hicks was arrested in the seaside town of Santa Cruz after police traced a call he had made today to a relative, the source said. The relative has been cooperating with police, the source said.

Hicks was charged on Thursday with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of Jennifer "J" Morgan, 28, and Ema Morgan whose bodies were found Tuesday morning by Jennifer Morgan's mother.

Seattle homicide detectives are flying to Santa Cruz today to interview Hicks, according to Witt.

A conviction on aggravated first-degree murder carries only two possible sentences: life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg will have 30 days from Hicks' arraignment to determine whether to seek the death penalty against him.

Hicks has been the subject of a manhunt since Tuesday morning.

He was last seen in Seattle at about 6 p.m. Monday by a neighbor who said he left in his pickup, according to charging documents.

On Wednesday, according to charging documents, Hicks made a collect phone call to his father from San Jose, Calif. His father, who didn't speak with Hicks, called Seattle homicide detectives.

The bodies were discovered Tuesday morning on a couch in the renovated basement where the couple and their young daughter lived.

Through interviews with Morgan's mother, Hicks' brother and half-sister, and one of Morgan's co-workers, detectives learned Hicks had been depressed and suicidal for some time — and his condition worsened when he learned his girlfriend of nine years was pregnant, the charging papers say.

He wanted her to have an abortion, claiming Morgan "was just trying to trap him with the pregnancy," the papers say.

Charging documents also accuse Hicks of threatening to kill Morgan and himself, and say he "had two loaded guns while he was making these threats."

According to police and prosecutors, Hicks had not worked for more than a year and he spent most of his time in the basement apartment in the 1300 block of South Ferdinand Street.

There, detectives found a cache of weapons, all registered to Hicks, and ammunition in the house, but it is not clear in the charging documents whether the seized handguns included the suspected murder weapon.

According to charging documents, Morgan told her mother Hicks was upset the baby was a girl instead of a boy. He also "became very jealous and suspicious of Jennifer," and questioned whether he was the baby's biological father, the papers say.

Morgan planned to tell Hicks while her mother was at work that day that he needed to move out, charging papers say. When Morgan's mother returned home about 9 p.m., she noticed Hicks' pickup was gone and "took solace in the expectation that the defendant had agreed his move was best for the family."

The mother told detectives "all was quiet downstairs" Monday night, and she thought her daughter and granddaughter were sleeping, the documents say.

Tuesday morning, she went downstairs to ask Morgan a question about a Christmas gift and discovered the bodies of her daughter and granddaughter.

According to charging documents, Hicks left a note for his brother that said, "I'm sorry. ... I hope your stuff is not stolen by the police. I am sick, like Grandpa. Sorry cannot fix life. Please live for yourself and not others. Do not cry."

According to police and relatives, Hicks' grandfather, Dean L. Hicks, killed his wife, Lona L. Hicks, and an adult son in 1983, when Daniel Hicks was a baby.

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Arrow Man sought in girlfriend's, baby's deaths arrested in Santa Cruz

Daniel Thomas Hicks, charged with the slaying of his longtime girlfriend and their 13-week-old daughter last week, was arrested this morning by officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department.

By Christine Clarridge

Seattle Times staff reporters

Daniel Thomas Hicks, charged with the slayings of his longtime girlfriend and their 13-week-old daughter last week, was arrested this morning by officers in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Hicks was arrested at gunpoint at about 11 a.m. in the seaside town after police traced a phone call he had made, according to Santa Cruz Police Department spokesman Capt. Steve Clark.

He was on a pay phone in an industrial area when police surrounded him, Clark said.

After his arrest, Hicks' white 2006 Chevrolet pickup was found in Weed, Calif., where it was impounded. Weed is just south of the Oregon border, about 344 miles from Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz police said they will be using a canine to search for evidence in and around locations where Hicks may have been staying.

Hicks was charged on Thursday with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of Jennifer "J" Morgan, 28, and Ema Morgan whose bodies were found Tuesday morning by Jennifer Morgan's mother.

A conviction on aggravated first-degree murder carries only two possible sentences: life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg will have 30 days from Hicks' arraignment to determine whether to seek the death penalty against him.

The bodies were discovered Tuesday morning on a couch in the renovated basement where the couple and their young daughter lived.

Through interviews with Morgan's mother, Hicks' brother and half-sister, and one of Morgan's co-workers, detectives learned Hicks had been depressed and suicidal for some time — and his condition worsened when he learned his girlfriend of nine years was pregnant, the charging papers say.

He wanted her to have an abortion, claiming Morgan "was just trying to trap him with the pregnancy," the papers say.

Charging documents also accuse Hicks of threatening to kill Morgan and himself, and say he "had two loaded guns while he was making these threats."

According to police and prosecutors, Hicks had not worked for more than a year and he spent most of his time in the basement apartment in the 1300 block of South Ferdinand Street.

There, detectives found a cache of weapons, all registered to Hicks, and ammunition in the house, but it is not clear in the charging documents whether the seized handguns included the suspected murder weapon.

According to charging documents, Morgan told her mother Hicks was upset the baby was a girl instead of a boy. He also "became very jealous and suspicious of Jennifer," and questioned whether he was the baby's biological father, the papers say.

Morgan planned to tell Hicks while her mother was at work that day that he needed to move out, charging papers say. When Morgan's mother returned home about 9 p.m., she noticed Hicks' pickup was gone and "took solace in the expectation that the defendant had agreed his move was best for the family."

The mother told detectives "all was quiet downstairs" Monday night, and she thought her daughter and granddaughter were sleeping, the documents say.

Tuesday morning, she went downstairs to ask Morgan a question about a Christmas gift and discovered the bodies of her daughter and granddaughter.

According to Clark, Hicks is being held at the Santa Cruz Police Department pending the arrival of Seattle homicide detectives this afternoon.

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Arrow Seattle murder suspect on suicide watch at Santa Cruz County Jail

By Jennifer Squires jsquires@santacruzsentinel.com
Posted: 12/30/2009 01:08:17 PM PST
Updated: 12/30/2009 05:07:10 PM PST

SANTA CRUZ — A Seattle man accused of killing his girlfriend and infant daughter last week is "on a suicide watch and deeply depressed," but hasn't decided if he will fight extradition to Washington state, his court-appointed attorney said.

Daniel Thomas Hicks, 30, made his first court appearance Wednesday morning.

The slender, 6-foot-4 Hicks wore ill-fitting orange and white-striped clothes issued by Santa Cruz County Jail. He answered "yes" when Judge Robert Atack asked if he wanted an attorney, but said little else.

Public defender Larry Biggam, who will represent Hicks, requested the case be postponed to Thursday morning so he could confer with his client. The two also met in County Jail on Tuesday at the request of Hicks' court-appointed attorney in Washington state, Kevin Dolan.

"Because of (Hicks') fragile emotional condition right now, I need more time to talk to him," Biggam told the judge.

A King County Superior Court judge issued a no-bail warrant Dec. 24 charging Hicks with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder, crimes that carry a punishment of life in prison or the death penalty in Washington state.

Hicks has a right to an extradition hearing within 10 days. At the hearing, the District Attorney's Office and police would have to prove Hicks is the person listed on the King County warrant.

"I need to talk to the client this afternoon and see if he wants to fight extradition or waive extradition," Biggam said outside of court Wednesday.

Hicks is accused of shooting his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Morgan, and the couple's 13-week-old daughter, Ema Morgan, multiple times on Dec. 21. The baby had been shot at least seven times; her mother suffered at least a dozen gunshot wounds, police reported.

According to court documents filed in Washington state, the couple's friends and relative told police Hicks had been out of work for more than a year and was depressed and suicidal. He had wanted his girlfriend to get an abortion, questioned the baby's paternity and was disappointed the child wasn't a boy, court documents stated.

He kept several guns and a cache of ammunition in the family's basement apartment, where he spent most of his time, and left a note for his brother, Matthew Hicks, in a bag of the brother's personal items, according to court documents. Matthew Hicks was home over Thanksgiving on leave from his military assignment in Iraq.

The note read "I'm sorry Matt. I hope your stuff is not stolen by the police. I am sick, like Grandpa. Sorry cannot fix life. Please live for yourself and not others. Do not cry." Seattle police reported that Hicks' grandfather killed his wife and himself in a 1983 murder-suicide.

Morgan's mother, Renee Morgan, told police her daughter had planned to ask Hicks to move out of their home the day of the shooting. Renee Morgan found the bloody bodies on a couch the following day, but Hicks was gone.

Hicks became the subject of a multi-state manhunt and Seattle police detectives traced phone calls he allegedly made from San Jose and Santa Cruz. The second call, made from a gas station in the Harvey West area of Santa Cruz on Monday morning, led Seattle detectives to contact local police to arrest him.

The 45-caliber handgun allegedly used in the deadly shooting was later recovered in Seattle, according to detective Eugene Ramirez of the Seattle Police Department.

Hicks' pickup was found in a small Northern California town along Interstate 5 on Monday. Hicks left the truck and hitchhicked to Santa Cruz, local police said. It wasn't clear how long he was in town before he was arrested.

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Arrow Seattle murder suspect extradited from Santa Cruz

By Cathy Kelly ckelly@santacruzsentinel.com
Posted: 01/14/2010 01:26:55 PM PST
Updated: 01/14/2010 01:26:56 PM PST

SANTA CRUZ — Murder suspect Daniel Hicks was transferred from Santa Cruz County Jail Wednesday, jail records show.

Hicks, 30, faces murder charges in Seattle.

He was arrested in Santa Cruz on Dec. 28, allegedly on the lam after killing his longtime girlfriend and 13-week-old infant daughter in the Seattle area, authorities said. Jennifer Morgan, and the couple's 13-week-old daughter, Ema Morgan, were shot multiple times on Dec. 21, police said.

A King County Superior Court judge issued a no-bail warrant Dec. 24 charging Hicks with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder.

According to court documents filed in Washington, the couple's friends and relatives told police Hicks had been out of work for more than a year and was depressed and suicidal. He had wanted his girlfriend to get an abortion, questioned the baby's paternity and was disappointed the child wasn't a boy, court documents stated.

Seattle police reported that Hicks' grandfather killed his wife and himself in a 1983 murder-suicide. Morgan's mother, Renee Morgan, told police her daughter had planned to ask Hicks to move out of their home the day of the shooting.

Hicks became the subject of a multi-state manhunt and Seattle police detectives traced phone calls he allegedly made from San Jose and Santa Cruz. The second call, made from a gas station in the Harvey West area of Santa Cruz on the morning of Dec. 28, led Seattle detectives to contact local police.

Hicks was on suicide watch in County Jail.

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