TAYLOR, MI – Eddie Arnold Hicks, 73-years-old, of Taylor, has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Barry Bellestri, 46-years-old, also of Taylor.
On June 15th, 2021, at approximately 5:20 p.m., Taylor police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 6400 block of Cornell Street in Taylor for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers located the victim on the front lawn of the residence with multiple gunshot wounds. Medics arrived on scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
It is alleged that Eddie Hicks discharged a handgun multiple times during a physical altercation over firewood, fatally wounding Barry “Ric” Bellestri. More complete facts will be presented at the Preliminary Examination.
Eddie Hicks has been charged with one count of Second-Degree Murder, one count of Manslaughter, and two counts of Felony Firearm. He is expected to be arraigned on July 22nd, 2021 in 23rd District Court.