Testimony did not specify what the argument was about, but Hood said Hickman told her, “See what you made me do. I just killed somebody, now I will have to kill myself.”
She said she then saw Hickman pull Welch onto the gravel driveway.
Hood said she attempted to enter Welch’s home, but the door was locked. She said Hickman came up behind her and kicked the door open to allow her entry, and then left in his truck. Hood said she called 911 and then checked Welch for breathing and a pulse but was unable to find either.
Investigators say they found blood on the driveway, a spent 12-gauge shotgun shell, and bootprints in the gravel and on the door, which collaborate Hood’s account. Welch had been shot at close contact in the right shoulder, with exit wounds through his arm and back into his chest.
Upon arrest, police say Hickman waived his rights and agreed to speak to authorities. In a probable cause affidavit he admitted to the shooting but claimed the gun had discharged inadvertently.
Hickman is being represented by attorney William Goebel.
Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Harry Siamas set a pre-trial conference for 9 a.m. Feb. 4.