Seattle police say Daniel Hicks, the suspect in the murder of Jennifer Morgan and her 14-week-old daughter Ema, was arrested in Santa Cruz, California earlier today.
Last week, King County prosecutors filed aggravated murder charges against Hicks, and could seek the death penalty.
According to court documents, Hicks had been living with Morgan and their daughter Ema in the basement of a Beacon Hill home for the last several years. Their relationship became “rocky and abusive”, charging documents say, and Morgan had planned to ask Hicks to leave.
On Tuesday, Morgan’s mother—who also lives in the house—found her daughter and granddaughter laying on a couch in the basement, riddled with bullet holes. Morgan and her daughter had been shot a total of 19 times.
Police searched the home and found a letter, apparently written by Hicks to his brother. “I am sick, like Grandpa,” the letter says, referring to the fact that Hicks’ grandfather shot and killed his grandmother when Hicks was a child. “Sorry cannot fix life,” Hicks wrote to his brother. “Please live for yourself and not others. Do not cry.”
Police haven’t provided many details on the arrest—they’ve only said that Hicks was arrested “without incident”—but we’ll update when they do.