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Trial date still pending for Vallejo couple charged with fatal robbery in 2018 – The Vacaville Reporter

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A Vallejo couple accused of a 2018 Vallejo robbery murder will learn of their new trial date in the coming days when they return to Solano County Superior Court.

Devonte Levan Hicks, 26, and Jessica Marie McCraven, 35, were scheduled to face a jury trial in Bay 7 at the Vallejo Courthouse in January, but Judge Tim Kam vacated the trial and instead ordered them to return for a readiness conference on March 14 and a new experimental setting.

The judge instead ordered them to return at 8:30 am on March 28 for the same trial.

Fairfield criminal defense attorney Thomas Maas is representing Hicks, and Laura Petty, who is employed in another county, will formally withdraw her representation from McCraven during the rescheduled trial. It’s unclear who will represent McCraven going forward.

The case has faced a series of delays in recent months, in part due to reduced court operations and state and regional health guidelines amid the pandemic, as well as the recent nationwide spike in COVID infections sparked by the Omicron variant.

Hicks is being held without bail at Stanton Correctional Facility and McCraven is being held at the Solano County Jail in connection with the killing of a man who was found unresponsive August 20 in an Enterprise Drive hotel room.

Vallejo police arrested Hicks on August 22 at the 1000 block of Admiral Callaghan Lane in Vallejo, and shortly later that same day they arrested McCraven at the 900 block of the alley.

In addition to first-degree murder, the couple, both previously convicted felons, are charged with robbery while committing murder, an increase in special circumstances.

Additionally, Hicks was initially charged with possession of a firearm; possession of prohibited ammunition; presenting a false ID to a police officer; and violations of the suspended sentence.

In addition to the main charge, McCraven was initially charged with three counts of identity theft; possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; Driving with an invalid driver’s license; two cases of check forgery; and burglary.

The Solano County District Attorney filed his complaint against the couple on August 24, 2018.

If Hicks and McCraven are found guilty of first-degree murder with robbery, Hicks and McCraven face life sentences with no possibility of parole.

https://www.thereporter.com/2022/03/18/trial-date-remains-pending-for-vallejo-couple-charged-in-2018-fatal-robbery/ Trial date still pending for Vallejo couple charged with fatal robbery in 2018 – The Vacaville Reporter

Dais Johnston

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