Daily Archives: 1, March 9, 2008

Monroe County DA David Christine Praises State Police

Did he cut her up?

Tobyhanna man denies dismembering woman, dumping body parts along highways

By SUSAN KOOMAR and DAVID KIDWELL

Pocono Record Writers

March 09, 2008

Deanna Marie Null was homeless, drifting between Williamsport and Scranton, with a rap sheet of drug crimes.

Charles Ray Hicks came from Texas to work at Tobyhanna Army Depot, but police say his baggage includes violent crime and addiction to cocaine and booze.

Their lives intersected in sex and drugs, then horrific violence as, police say, Hicks murdered Null, cut her up with a hacksaw and scattered her body parts in garbage bags along Interstates 80 and 380.

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“As horrible as this crime was I knew it would be solved. I didn’t think it would be solved so quickly,” said David Christine, Monroe County’s district attorney.

Christine praised police for their “tireless, painstaking” work. In some places, police would give up on such a challenging, bizarre case and attribute it to out-of-towners, Christine said.

“The state police of Pennsylvania don’t treat crime that way. Monroe County’s not the boondocks and the Pennsylvania State Police are diligent in trying to solve crimes,” he said.

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Hicks was in trouble before he came to the Poconos. In Texas, he was charged with assault in 2002, sexual assault in 2003 and robbery in 2006. In 2006, police in Virginia charged him with assault and drug possession.

State police here said Hicks had stopped taking several prescription medications for psychological problems.

State police who played key roles in the Null investigation include Sgt. Gregg Mrochko and Troopers Robert Sebastianelli and Craig VanLouvender.

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