Cuyahoga County

Husband sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his wife

Cleveland -- A Cleveland man was sentenced to life without parole for the vicious slaying of his wife, whom he shot twice then dumped her body in the street and drove over it with her car.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Dick Ambrose ordered Antonio Hicks, 36, to prison in the slaying of Diana Fields-Edmonds on Dec. 21. Within moments of Ambrose's sentence, family members of Fields-Edmonds clapped and one yelled, "There is a God.''

The sentence came after a two-week trial in which a jury convicted Hicks on Thursday of aggravated murder, felonious assault and weapons charges. Hicks told Ambrose that he didn't shoot his wife.

"It's not right,'' Hicks said. "I don't know what people want me to say. But I did not commit this crime. I don't know what to say to the family, but I'm hurt, too.''

Jesse Canonico, an assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor, said Hicks and Fields-Edmonds were arguing at an East Side bar over Hicks' infidelities. He said Hicks later pulled a revolver and shot his wife in the head and chest from within two feet. He then took her car, with her body inside, and dumped it at East 83rd and Woodland Avenue, the prosecutor said. Hicks then ran over it.

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