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Man accused of murdering mother also threatened to kill father, records show

PINELLAS PARK — Less than three weeks before a man killed his mother, authorities say, he threatened to kill his father.

Corey Hicks, 24, was shot to death in Mobile, Ala., Monday morning after a SWAT team tried to arrest him. Pinellas County sheriff's deputies said Hicks killed his mother, Debbie Neace, 51, over the weekend. Deputies said they tracked Hicks to Mobile after he stole Neace's 2006 Toyota Corolla.

A search warrant released Thursday offered new details.

Neace was discovered Sunday by Bruce Hicks, her boyfriend of 28 years, at their mobile home, 6085 107th Ave. N. Deputies found Neace dead in a recliner in the living room with a red towel covering her head, which was slashed to the skull.

Bruce Hicks told deputies his son purchased a machete, hatchet and two knives a month before Neace was killed, and recently purchased a sword.

Corey Hicks was depressed and had been off his medication. Two and a half weeks before Neace's slaying, he threatened to kill his father if he didn't leave the mobile home.

Bruce Hicks moved out and tried calling Neace over the weekend. When she didn't answer, he went to the home Sunday and found her dead.

Deputies searched Corey Hicks' car, a 1993 Toyota Camry, after seeing stains inside that they thought could be related to the homicide. Inside the car deputies found Florida unemployment statements, a marijuana pipe, and bank and utility receipts.

Deputies took multiple items from the mobile home, including three pipes, four bongs and nine bags of marijuana seeds.

Man accused of murdering mother also threatened to kill father, records show 07/29/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 29, 2010 10:33pm]
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