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The man who Sheriff George David accused of preparing to commit mass murder at Friendship Ridge is free from jail tonight, after community donations to a defense fund established in his name raised enough money to pay his bond.

Larry Allen Hicks was arrested outside of Friendship Ridge on January 17th by Sheriff’s Deputies, and charged with multiple misdemeanors and felonies. He later saw all but one of those charges against him dropped by the District Attorney, following a series of investigative reports by the Beaver Countian and an independent investigation by the County Detectives’ Bureau.

“The bond for Larry Hicks was posted at approximately noon today,” said defense attorney Gerald “Jerry” Benyo. “Mr. Hicks appreciates the individuals who contributed to the posting of his bond.” Benyo added that Hicks’ defense fund is continuing to accept donations moving forward.

“Mr. Hicks is still waiting for the District Attorney’s Office to provide information about their investigation into his January 17th arrest by Sheriff’s Deputies,” said Benyo.

At least one of the Deputies who arrested Hicks that day have retained a private criminal defense attorney, after questions were raised about the Affidavit Of Probable Cause filed in the case. Multiple law enforcement sources tell the Beaver Countian that results of an investigation into the Deputies by County Detectives have been turned over to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

Hicks’ arrest, and the media blitz that accompanied it, came the day after Sheriff George David pleaded his Fifth Amendment Rights against self incrimination in a civil suit filed against him by County Commissioners.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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rubric
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rubric

It worked!

Citizens Against Bullshit
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Citizens Against Bullshit

we the people are sick of georgies shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Accordingtome
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Accordingtome

I really hope hat Mr. Hicks files suit and refuses to settle….George started this and I hope.that Mr. hicks finishes it.

By the time he’s finished he won’t have to walk to Friendship Ridge everyday…..he will be able to afford a chauffeured limousine.

SD
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SD

Great, just great. Now all assholes involved in this fiasco will tighten. The A.G. office will certainly do the right thing. Mr. Berosh, great move. Where has the N.A.A.C.P been while Mr. Hicks has been abused by sheriff david? Did they forsake him?

SpeakTheTruthToo
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There is no NAACP needed here, and that is what makes this case so amazing! The people of Beaver County never made this case about race. Mr. Benyo and Mr. Hicks never made this case about race either. The people of Beaver County realized this case had nothing to do with race and had everything to do with a violation of Constitutional rights, and they took care of their own. Once again, good going Beaver County.

As a matter of fact, this is the first comment in weeks of this story where someone attempted to bring race into the discussion. Shame on you.

NEXT
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NEXT

NOW HICKS NEEDS TO AGREE TO HAVE HIS GUN DESTROYED AND THE DA NEEDS TO DROP THE LAST CHARGE SO EVERYONE CAN MOVE ON!

SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

Congratulations Beaver County for stepping up and doing the right thing.

Becky
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Becky

I am sure hicks would like to have everyone’s name and address, so he can visit and thank you all in person, and perhaps have you extend hospitality to him by letting him stay with each and every one of you for your kindness!!! Enjoy!

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I’ll shake his hand. Al least he is honest. If he wants to run for Sheriff I would give him his first donation of $1000.