Thursday, February 24, 2022

Wayne man facing murder charges in stabbing

Michael Steven Hicks
A Wayne man is facing charges of first-degree murder and felony murder in the stabbing death of a Dearborn  resident.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Michael Steven Hicks, 31, of Wayne, in connection with the homicide of Daniel Willard Sweeney, 78, of Dearborn.  

According to the prosecutor, Dearborn police officers responded to 911 call at house in the 7510 block of Indiana at about 8:53 p.m. Feb. 11.  A man, later identified as Hicks, was described by officers at the scene as disheveled, underdressed and without shoes in very cold weather. After speaking with Hicks, the responding officers entered the home to complete a well-being check on occupants of the house. 

According to police reports of the incident, officers discovered the home had apparently been ransacked. They found the body of the victim on the floor of the living room covered with a blanket.  He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased. 

It is alleged by prosecutors that the defendant stabbed the victim multiple times with a large kitchen knife and subsequently stole his car.

Officers reported that the victim's car was missing from the home but was later found by the police at another location.

Hicks has been charged and was arraigned on one count each of first degree murder and felony murder. Following his arraignment in 19th District Court he was remanded to the Wayne County Jail by Judge Gene Hunt.

He scheduled for a probable cause conference on Feb. 28 and his preliminary examination has been set for March 4 in 19th District Court.