LANCASTER – The trial has ended for the Palmdale man involved in a 2012 police pursuit that ended in a crash that killed a two-year-old Lancaster girl.
A jury on Monday (April 14) found Marvin Travon Hicks guilty of evading an officer causing injury, evading an officer causing death, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and DUI causing injury; however, jurors were hung (11-1 for guilt) on the second-degree murder charge, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Hick’s will be retried on the murder charge, and sentencing on the four guilty counts will be held until the retrial, said LADA Public Information Officer Ricardo Santiago. Hicks is due back in court on May 22 for a pretrial.
Sheriff’s officials said Hicks was fleeing deputies at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour on Dec. 6, 2012, when he crashed his Toyota into Tina Ruano’s Lexus in the intersection of 10th Street West and Avenue I in Lancaster.
Tina Ruano suffered massive trauma to the upper body, and her daughter, 2-year-old Madison, was killed in the collision.
Hicks was treated at the hospital and released into police custody later that night. He eventually admitted to being high on PCP at the time of the collision.
Hicks remains in county jail on $1.1 million bail.
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