Man convicted of 1986 murder soon to be released

"Courtroom Gavel" by Joe Gratz, public domain

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A man who was convicted of stabbing a nurse to death in 1986 will soon be free.

According to the News-Sentinel, Robert Hicks was sentenced to 85-years in prison for the death of 31-year-old Julie Bissell during a home invasion. She had been stabbed in the abdomen, wrapped in plastic, and her body dumped down the embankment of the St. Marys River in southern Allen County.

Hicks, who maintained his innocence and cited a lack of physical evidence, had been convicted after an accomplice testified against him.

He was moved into the County’s Re-Entry Court program Friday and will be released on September 26th, due to earning a reduced sentence through good behavior in prison.


  1. Wow, serve only 32 years of an 85 year sentence. Shouldn’t good behavior include being remorseful for the crime you committed? I read the News Sentinel article and it only mentions he said he didn’t do it. Really, how hard can it be to be “good” when your locked up? Do what you’re told. That’s it. Having 53 years shaved off your sentence for following orders? Please… Where’s the justice for Julie Bissell?

  2. I knew both Hicks and Darrell Wilson from junior and senior high school. Darrell had a fascination with knives and once threatened me with one. He boasted about how he would go and get his “big knife” to deal with me. Hicks was bad seed but to this day, I’m convinced that Darrell is the actual murderer. Rest in peace Julie.


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