March 3, 2006
The fate of a Charlottesville man accused of killing young mother Azlee Hickman is still unknown.
The jury deliberated for hours but did not come to a verdict. They had a lot of evidence to sift through.
According to testimony, Azlee Hickman was in the bedroom with her six-month-old baby when her estranged boyfriend, his daughter, and the defendant showed up at the house. Neither side disputes that then there was an argument that took place.
During the four-day trial the Commonwealth presented a witness who testified Billy Marshall Jr. strangled Hickman in her home on Carlton Avenue in March 2004.
The defense tried to point the finger at Hickman’s estranged boyfriend instead.
According to medical reports, no marks were found on Azlee's neck, and DNA under her fingernails rules out the boyfriend, but cannot conclusively link to Marshall.
Authorities have said all along that the three people in the house that night lied to police, so it is up to the jury to sift through the testimony and piece together the truth.
If convicted, Marshall faces up to 40 years in prison.