Clock ticks for info on killing
by Gary Kent
Oct 15, 2012 | 3798 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers announced this week that the organization is placing a 90-day time limit on its offer of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the Brien Hickman murder case.

The 54-year-old rancher was found shot in the head with what investigators believe was a shotgun in the pre-dawn hours on Sept. 26.

Evidence at the scene suggested that the victim either was ambushed or that he knew his assailant. There were no defensive wounds on the body.

Armando Musquez of the CBCS said the organization’s board of directors had decided to place a time limit on its reward offer in an attempt to encourage someone to come forward.

Board members also were concerned about tying up $5,000 of the organization’s money for an indefinite period.

Musquez said the reward offer would be suspended 90 days from the time the original offer was made on Oct. 3. That means the offer will expire on Jan. 3.

Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr. confirmed Wednesday that no arrests have been made in the case. But investigators have been working every day to turn up something that could lead them to a suspect.

Carrizales has assured the community that every effort will be made to arrest the person responsible for the murder.

The rancher was a well-known and widely-respected community member and involved in several volunteer efforts.

At least one private individual also has offered a $5,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of a suspect.

If the sheriff’s office determines that someone legitimately has earned the reward, Texas Champion Bank will cut a cashier’s check for the claimant, protecting the anonymity of the donor.

Musquez said anyone who might have information that could lead to an arrest should know that Crime Stoppers pays its rewards in cash and the witness who provides the information never has to reveal his or her identity.

Musquez said tips may be called in to the Bee County Sheriff’s Office at 362-3221 or to Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers at 362-0206. Toll-free calls may be made to (877) 362-0206.

Internet users may contact the organization by email at

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at
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