Did Judge Charles Holcomb convict an ...

Did Judge Charles Holcomb convict an innocent man?

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Rusk Native

Portland, OR

#1 Feb 2, 2006
The former owner of the Hicks Feedstore in Holcomb's hometown of Alto, Texas was murdered in 1992.
Judge Charles Holcomb told the state bar in 2003 regarding the case he prosecuted :
"The owner of the feed store was found murdered in his house," Judge Holcomb recalled. "It was a staged robbery and he was found shot. He had an $800,000 life insurance policy and a very attractive wife who, it was rumored, had been intimate with lots of guys in town. We eventually charged her then-lover (the CPA of her deceased husband) with the murder, and after a highly publicized trial, got a conviction. As a footnote, the wife later married the deputy sheriff who was the first on the scene and had found the body."
on 8/27/2003

Holcomb did not tell the state bar his very own conviction of Terry Watkins was overturned 5 years into Mr. Watkins life sentence. Judge Holcomb also did not inform the state bar that his own office received insurance monies from the "victim" and that the Sheriff's Deputy as he "recalls" was Holcomb's own cousin, a Cherokee County Constable who married the widow to keep from testifying against each other.

Portland, OR

#2 Feb 2, 2006
Mr. Hicks was found with multiple .22 gunshots wounds in the back and his widown Judge Holcomb speaks so highly of actually took out the double indemity policies out on her husband, probably at the District Attorney's office request. Everybody in Cherokee County knows she did and Holcomb got paid off.
Thompson Ridge

Prairie Hill, TX

#3 Jun 3, 2006
Justice Charles Holcomb, formerly of Alto, TX, convinced a Cherokee County jury to convict an innocent man in 1992. A local feedstore owner named Jackie Hicks of Alto was shot multiple times with a .22 after his estranged wife was caught in multiple affairs with the then Alto Chief of Police, Constables and local married politians. Good church goin' men all of 'em I bet.
The widow had taken out nearly a million dollars in double indemnity insurance policies months prior to her husband's murder. An innocent man from Nacogdoches, the deceased CPA was convicted by Holcomb and subsequently released 5 years into his life sentence after Charles Holcomb himself partook in the insurance monies.
The question is:
Is Charles Holcomb going to return Jackie Hicks' insurance policy when he retires? Charles Holcomb's State Bar profile indicates a "botched robbery" (never mentioned at trial) and a scandalous "murder for hire" led to his death. Terry Watkins from Nacogdoches was convicted and released 5 years into his life sentence. Who supposedly did the "hiring?" in Charles Holcomb's profile? The widow Rita Hicks and her lover Chris Parsons, a Cherokee County Constable, were of course were never questioned by Holcomb's investigator; instead the insurance was spread around as hush money. I bet everybody got a new pool that year.

Holcomb indicated to the Lufkin media in 1992 the money from Rita Hicks was used to hire an "investigator." Cherokee County had three on staff at the time. The money of the State of Texas not good enough?
Does a Texas District Attorney usually take money from a widow to hire an "investigator" to chase fictious leads when the coffers of the State of Texas are at his disposal?

Holcomb's version of the crime he 'prosecuted' is at:
www.texasbar.com/globals/tbj/2003/july/holcom ...

Lastly, his footnote should have been more truthful also, regarding the Constable "being the first on the scene." This Constable never set foot on the Hicks' property according to trial transcripts. The widow and her lover, were ALSO married within a week of the murder, at Charles Holcomb's request, to avoid testifying against each other. And there is no mention of the innocent man being released from prison because Holcomb, et al partook in Jackie Hicks' insurance money.
Something smells rotten after 20 years of lies, pay-offs, and cover ups in Denmark.
Larry Elders

United States

#4 Aug 5, 2006
Of course Charles Holcomb convicted an innocent man, but Terry Watkins was let loose by the Tyler Court of Appeals were Holcomb was a sitting Justice. Heard Charles Holcomb didn't want to even recuse himself until the Federal District Court reprimanded him. This guy Watkins was a scapegoat and the wrong place at the wrong time.

Buddy RHS

United States

#5 Dec 10, 2006
Larry you are all over the place!
It's not the KKK when you can't spell, it's called the Inbreeding Klub.
Gail Timms

Houston, TX

#6 Jul 9, 2010
I have read the articles that say Rita Hick was a "very attractive" woman. I saw her a few times, and she was very obese, and looked like white trash!!!! Did she lose weight and start dressing up? I would love to see a picture!!! How old were the chilren and how did they cope?

Baytown, TX

#7 Mar 21, 2012
I was just wondering if there was anymore news or updates. Sounds like made for Tv movie to me. I was not very familiar with the family, but when I met them, Rita Hicks was obese, ill mannered, and just plain trashy looking. I would be very curious to know how she became so attractive to all the men in town.

Point Comfort, TX

#8 Mar 21, 2012
Linda wrote:
I was just wondering if there was anymore news or updates. Sounds like made for Tv movie to me. I was not very familiar with the family, but when I met them, Rita Hicks was obese, ill mannered, and just plain trashy looking. I would be very curious to know how she became so attractive to all the men in town.
According to Justice Charlie Holcomb's own bio on the State Bar website, Rita Hicks was "good looking," hence all his relatives, the Alto police chief, the constable she married after the killing, etc. etc. all took turns on her. During the trial Holcomb and his investigator took 1/2 the jury out to eat Mexican food in Lufkin.
"Justice" Holcomb fails to mention in his bio Terry Watkins' sentence was overturned nor that as district attorney, he took Jackie Hick's money from Rita Hicks for "expenses." Such as a billboard on loop 224 in Nacogdoches for his Tyler court of appeals run.
Wonders never cease.

Weatherford, OK

#9 Jan 23, 2013
Now alto police have just killeda mentally challeng black man who never harm anyone I wonder how do they get away with so much and the State of Texas allow it to happend

Weatherford, OK

#10 Jan 23, 2013
And now they have killed a black man in alto tx what has to happen before someone do something about what goes on in Cherokee co

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