James Andrew Hickman, age 29 of Greenville, has been found guilty of two counts of murder in the death of his two-month old son in November of 2018.
In Bond County Circuit Court Friday afternoon, Judge Neil Shroeder presented his ruling. A bench trial was held over six days, finishing last Monday.
At Friday’s verdict, Judge Schroeder spoke just one minute in delivering his verdict, revoking Hickman’s bond, and ordering the Bond County Probation Department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation. He said once the investigation is completed, a sentence hearing will be scheduled.
The range of imprisonment on the first degree murder charges is 20 to 60 years.
Hickman was found guilty of shaking or striking his son, Evander, which led to the infant’s death.
After the verdict, Hickman’s Attorney Rick Verticchio said he was disappointed in the ruling.
Bond County State’s Attorney Dora Mann was assisted in the trial by Keith Jensen, an assistant state’s attorney.
Mann said, after the verdict, “It has been a long journey for justice to be served in this case. This is just a step in justice. We’re not quite done and I’m anxious to finish that with the sentencing. My job is to seek the truth and justice and we have now found the truth and I’m looking forward to justice for Evander.”
State’s Attorney Mann said the prosecution of the case was a team effort, with assistance by police and doctors from hospitals, several who testified in the trial.