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This is a six-month review of the most-read crime stories in Collier County on naplesnews.com from September 2018 to February 2019. Vonna Keomanyvong, vonna.keomanyvong@naplesnews.com; 239-213-5380

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Casey Hickok, the Copeland man charged with killing his father aboard a fishing vessel about 66 miles west of Marco Island last month, pleaded not guilty Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Fort Myers.  

Robert Hickok, 54, also of Copeland, was sleeping when he was bludgeoned to death by his 32-year-old son within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., according to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  

Casey Hickok was charged with second-degree murder when the criminal complaint was filed on March 19.  

A grand jury indicted Casey Hickok on March 27 on the charge of killing his father with “malice aforethought,” court records show.  

Hickok, dressed in a tan Charlotte County Jail jumpsuit and handcuffed at his arraignment, will be held at the Charlotte County Jail while he awaits trial.  

A preliminary status conference in the case is scheduled for April 8, and a trial is scheduled to start May 6.    

More: Copeland community reacts to killing of one of their own, son charged

Previously: Killing on the high seas? Complaint says Collier man beat dad to death

  

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer boarded the fishing vessel No Bitchin’ on March 18 after a call for help from Capt. Yamer Jesus Perez, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

The rescue swimmer found Robert Hickok with significant head and face injuries and determined he was dead, according to a federal court document.   

The fishing boat was then escorted to the Coast Guard station at Fort Myers Beach.   

During an interview by a special agent of the Coast Guard, Casey Hickok made several unsolicited comments indicating that the dead man was his father and that he had "raped me," according to the document.  

Perez said he was making repairs to the boat's alternator using parts from a second alternator before Robert was killed, according to the court document. 

Casey Hickok offered to help with the repair, then picked up the second alternator and walked to where his father was asleep, the captain told investigators.  

Perez said he heard Casey Hickok slam the alternator down near his father and then saw him strike the man in the head twice, according to the federal court document.    

Perez also told the investigator that he saw Casey Hickok carrying a hammer as he walked from the area where Robert Hickok was sleeping and thought that he might have struck his father with the tool, according to the document.   

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