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Blaze HicksBlaze HicksBy Chris Edwards 
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WOODVILLE – The trial of a Silsbee man accused of a 2019 murder is scheduled to begin next Monday with jury selection.

Blaze Daniel Hicks, 29, is set to stand trial in Tyler County’s 1A District Criminal Court. Hicks, who is from Silsbee, is accused of killing 29-year-old Brandon Wood of Kountze.

Hicks’s trial was originally scheduled for last August, then cancelled and reset for September. Hicks is also being charged with three other felonies: aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon; unlawful possession of firearm by felon and escape while arrested/confined.

Hicks is being represented by Ryan Gertz, is accused in Wood’s murder, which occurred in late September of 2019. 

The case began when deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a shooting east of Warren. When they arrived, they discovered a man laying at the edge of the roadway with an apparent gunshot wound to his upper torso.

The man, identified as Wood, was later pronounced dead at Tyler County Hospital, and according to witnesses on the scene, an altercation had taken place at the residence, and saw Hicks drive down to Wood’s location and stop.

Witnesses also heard multiple gunshots and Hicks’s vehicle leave the scene and a high rate of speed, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. He was later arrested near Silsbee by deputies with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department.

Hicks has remained in the custody of Tyler County since his arrest, however, in May of last year, he and another inmate of the jail, Christopher Mobley, briefly escaped. Both were caught in the Silsbee area later that same day.

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