On October 5, 2020 the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into an assault after
deputies were dispatched to a scene on Union Hill Road where a female was lying unresponsive
on the shoulder of the road and a male was trying to load the female into the vehicle.
Prior to deputies arriving on scene, the 911 center indicated the female had been loaded into a white
pickup truck with the assistance of a passerby. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle as it left
the community of Union Hill Road and continued onto U.S. 19/74 heading east. The vehicle did
not stop but did continue onto Harris Regional Hospital before stopping near the emergency
The driver of the truck was identified as Billy Hicks, also known to be Billy Jack Hicks
Sr. The female victim was identified as Danielle Hicks, the wife of Billy Hicks. Danielle Hicks was taken into Harris Regional Hospital by staff and Billy Hicks was interviewed by law enforcement. Danielle Hicks was later transported to Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina where she died on October 6, 2020
as a result of a gunshot.
Prior to the death of Mrs. Hicks, charges were sworn out and a warrant for arrest issued against Billy Hicks for Assault with Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury.
On October 7, 2020, Billy Hicks was arrested on the Qualla Boundary. This investigation is active and ongoing and future charges are likely. He is currently held in the Jackson County Detention Center under a no bond.