Teen charged in Stuttgart shooting could face death penalty

A Stuttgart teenager made his first appearance in court Monday after being charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a Stuttgart


Arthur Hicks Jr, 17, is accused on killing Daniel Ruffin, 20, last month when Ruffin was walking his dog outside of his home on South Maple Street.

Ruffin died a day later. Hicks now faces a capital murder charge.

The purpose of Monday's hearing was to inform Hicks of his charges and his rights to council.

Dennis Molock, Hicks' attorney said he is ready to take the necessary steps to defend his client.

"From this point we're filing a discovery motion requesting copies of the police reports, statements, anything of that nature," Molock said.

Molock said murder cases tend to take longer so it is still unclear what Hicks overall penalty could be.

"We don't know at this point whether the state will seek the death penalty," said Molock. "As charged, the possible penalties are either death or life without parole. There are lesser offenses that may be considered."

Hicks' pretrial is set for Sept. 8, 2014 and his jury trial is set for Oct. 28, 2014.