FRANKLIN – A Simpson County man suspected of involvement in two shootings wants to prevent statements he made in both investigations from being heard by a jury.
Vincent Ficklin, 47, of Franklin, is charged with murder, first-degree robbery and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon in a Warren County case in which he is accused of killing Timothy Massey, 41, who was shot dead in a residence on West 15th Avenue.
Police believe Massey was shot Feb. 10, 2017. His body was discovered by authorities two days later.
On Monday, Ficklin appeared in Simpson Circuit Court for a hearing in a separate shooting.
He is accused in that case of firing two shots Feb. 9, 2017, into a pickup truck occupied by Christine Crowder and Don Flippin and parked across from the American Legion post building on Ryan Street in Franklin.
Crowder was wounded in the left forearm and right hand in the incident, and Ficklin is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
“Flippin and Crowder advised that Ficklin had been making verbal threats to them through mutual friends in the preceding three to four days leading up to the shooting,” Detective Mike Jones of the Franklin Police Department said in an arrest warrant. “Flippin advised that the nature of the threats was due to him owing Ficklin money.”
Ficklin’s court-appointed attorney, Jason McGee, has moved to suppress statements that Ficklin made in 2017 to Franklin Police Department Detective Mike Jones during the investigation into the Simpson County shooting.
McGee contends Ficklin clearly asked for an attorney during the interview with Jones, but police continued to interview him.
Simpson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Corey Morgan has argued in court filings that Ficklin “voluntarily continued to initiate dialogue” with the police and that his statements were not made in response to any questioning.
Simpson Circuit Judge Janet Crocker said she would take the suppression motion under advisement.
A ruling is pending in the Warren County murder case on a motion by McGee to suppress Ficklin’s statements to FPD officers, arguing that the statements made after he asserted his right to a lawyer could be used against him in the murder case.
A ruling is pending on that motion, and Ficklin’s murder trial is set for Sept. 17.