Those who know Brian Alexander Hicks think of the 55-year-old as a pleasant, quiet neighbor.
Now, they are struggling to understand how he came to be charged with gunning down Gabriel Ryan Maness, a stranger, in a Norge supermarket, 122 miles away from the townhouse he moved into last year.
"I never felt I was in danger around him," neighbor Becky Klein said. "I can't imagine how deep and dark Brian was inside to do this."
Klein described Hicks as mild-mannered and odd. She couldn't put a finger on what his oddities were, except to say that he was stoic.
"He wasn't jovial. He was on an equal plane all the time," Klein said. "I...