Rappahannock man shot, suspect held

Thomas Lee Hicks

The suspect charged with the shooting of an 80-year-old Rappahannock County man during a June 10 attempted robbery will have a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 3 in Rappahannock District Court, Washington.

In the meantime, Thomas Lee Hicks, 62, of 13335 Durante’s Curve, Boston, Va., in Culpeper County, remains in custody, held without bond, at the Rappahannock County Jail.

He was brought to the court for an initial hearing Tuesday, June 15, at which time it was determined that he did not have private legal counsel. The public defender’s office will represent him, according to a district court spokesperson.

Hicks was arrested in the shooting of Clyde “Jack” Dellinger, 80. The victim was found in his yard at 132 Scrabble Road after the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office responded at around 8 p.m. on June 10 to a report of a shooting, according to the Rappahannock County sheriff’s office.

Dellinger was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center, where he was initially listed in serious condition. He had a single gunshot wound to the face, according to the sheriff’s office.

A woman who answered the telephone at the Dellinger home on Tuesday said the family “did not wish to comment about the shooting at this time.”

Dellinger has been released from the hospital, according to Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith.

She told the Rappahannock News that the accused assailant had been at the Dellinger home previously and that he and the victim were “friends.”

Smith said there was no argument before the shooting that investigators know about nor is known what the accused was allegedly after in the robbery.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Peter H. Luke said before Hicks’s initial court appearance on Tuesday that he would oppose bail for the defendant if requested “because of the seriousness of the charges.”
Hicks was taken into custody at his residence by Rappahannock County authorities with the assistance of the Tactical Operations Teams from Virginia State Police, the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office and the Culpeper Town Police. There was no resistance. Authorities had developed information on Friday, June 11, that led to his arrest early Saturday, June 12 at 4:44 a.m.

Hicks is facing charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated malicious wounding.

The house on Scrabble Road where deputies found Dellinger shot. Staff photo/Jan Clatterbuck.

“I would like to thank the agencies that assisted in the arrest of the suspect, in such a short time period. I would like to thank the deputies that worked non-stop until the suspect was apprehended and also the citizens that assisted with the identification of the suspect,” Sheriff Smith said in a statement.

She told the Rappahannock News Wednesday morning that “we never stopped. Around the clock we were working” until the suspect was arrested.

She thanked the members of the community who brought food to the sheriff’s office for those who were working on the case for long hours.

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James Ivancic is a reporter for the Fauquier Times in Warrenton, Va. Contact him at jivancic@fauquier.com.