MEDFORD, Ore. —
UPDATE: The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office has determined that Tammy Rae Hicks was strangled before authorities found her body burned in the trailer of Kevin Dean Hicks, Sr.
Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson, MD, ruled Hicks' death as a homicide, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO). Dr. Olson determined that the cause of death was strangulation.
Evidence at autopsy showed Hicks died before her body was burned in a trailer fire on June 30, 2018, according to JCSO.
Kevin Hicks remains lodged in the Jackson County jail on charges related to this case. Any further updates will be released by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.
(Updated as of 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17)
INITIAL REPORT: Kevin Dean Hicks Sr. has been formally charged by a grand jury with the murder of his estranged wife Tammy Hicks, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.
Kevin Hicks was arrested on June 30 after police and firefighters responded to reports of a fire at his trailer on McMartin Lane. The body of Tammy Hicks was found inside the trailer. Detectives determined that Tammy had been murdered, and the fire had apparently been set intentionally in an attempt to dispose of the evidence.
The grand jury indicted Kevin Hicks on charges of Murder, Abuse of a Corpse, and Arson in the First Degree.
According to the DA's office, the grand jury heard from seven witnesses over the course of an hour. Witnesses included Detectives David Seese and Ben Fazio from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO), Detective Sgt. Scott Waldon, Deputies Adam Osborne and Anthony Grieve, Fire Captain Mark Northrop and an unnamed civilian witness.
Kevin Hicks is being held at the Jackson County jail without bail. The DA's office says that his next appearance will be scheduled by the Jackson County Circuit Court where he will next be arraigned on the grand jury indictment.
The case against Kevin Hicks is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Virginia Greer and Zori Cook.
NewsWatch 12 spoke to neighbors and family of Tammy Hicks on Monday. Tammy left behind four children, and family members hope to raise money to support them through a GoFundMe page.
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