A former Burleson resident sentenced to death Tuesday in Pennsylvania for dismembering a woman is under investigation by the Texas Rangers after he told authorities he killed five women in Texas.
Charles Hicks, 40, talked about the North Texas killings after he was convicted last week of first-degree murder and sentenced to die for killing 36-year-old Deanna Null in 2008. He chopped up her body, put it in garbage bags and dumped them along Pennsylvania interstates.
Hicks moved to Pennsylvania in 2008.
In Pennsylvania, Monroe County Detective Wendy Serfass told The Times Tribune in Scranton that Hicks was offered a deal: If he provided information on the Texas homicides, they would consider not pursuing the death penalty.
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Texas Ranger James Holland interviewed Hicks, who provided some information, but not enough to satisfy the terms of the agreement.
Serfass told the Times Tribune that the killings were in the Fort Worth, Mansfield and Tarrant County area.
Fort Worth homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman said Wednesday that Fort Worth police are aware of the Pennsylvania case but he could not say whether Hicks could be a suspect in any Fort Worth homicides.
"We're aware the Texas Rangers have talked to Mr. Hicks," Loughman said. "We're checking our records and we'll probably need to get with (the Texas Ranger) when he gets back in town."
DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said Wednesday, “Texas Rangers are working with other local agencies in the Dallas Fort Worth area in an investigation regarding statements made by Charles Hicks. The investigation is ongoing and DPS has no additional information to release at this time.”
Tarrant County criminal court records show Hicks had an assault with bodily injury charge dismissed in 2002 in a Fort Worth incident and a Tarant County grand jury declined to indict him in 2007 on a aggravated robbery charge from Arlington.
In Pennsylvania, a jury of eight women and four men sentenced Hicks to death after deliberating seven hours.
Prosecutors argued that Hicks hit Null in the back of the head with some type of blunt weapon, then severed her head while she was still alive.
During the sentencing phase of the trial, jurors had heard from several witnesses for the defense who said Hicks has been a role model for other prisoners at the Monroe County Correctional Facility.
Staff writer Deanna Boyd and The Scranton Times-Tribune contributed to this report.
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