LANCASTER – A 47-year-old Palmdale man who led deputies on a high-speed chase that ended in the death of a 2-year-old Lancaster girl was found guilty of murder Friday in a retrial, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
An Antelope Valley jury deliberated for three hours before finding Marvin Travon Hicks guilty of second-degree murder for the death of Madison Ruano, according to Deputy District Attorney Craig Kleffman.
On April 14, another jury found Hicks guilty of evading an officer causing injury, evading an officer causing death, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury; however, the jurors were hung (11-1 for guilt) on the second-degree murder charge, which prompted the retrial.
According to court testimony, Hicks was high on PCP and under the influence of alcohol when he fled deputies on Dec. 6, 2012. Hicks drove more than 100 mph through Lancaster, crossed into oncoming traffic, and ran five red lights before crashing his Toyota into Tina Ruano’s Lexus in the intersection of 10th Street West and Avenue I.
Tina Ruano was seriously injured 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 has remained jailed since the incident.
Hicks will be sentenced on Oct. 10 and faces 21 years to life in state prison.
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