On the evening of the verdict, Kristy Maness called her mother-in-law to tell her the news.
“Things didn’t go our way today.”
After an all-day bench trial in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court Tuesday, Judge Michael McGinty found Brian Alexander Hicks not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting death of 34-year old Army veteran Gabriel Ryan Maness inside a Norge grocery store.
The weight of testimony by a pair of forensic psychologists determining Hicks’ mental defect weighed heavy on McGinty when making his decision.
Even though both sides and McGinty agreed Hicks pulled the trigger on the .45 caliber handgun around 8 a.m. April 17, 2016 and...