Jessica Hicks, suspect in deadly Phoenix carjacking and shooting claims she was victim, too

PHOENIX - For the first time we are hearing the victim's side of the story after a deadly car jacking last month that unfolded in downtown Phoenix.

The crime spree left one of the suspects dead, with the other suspect facing several charges, including first-degree murder. However, the she claims she wasn't in on the plan.

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But in interviews with police, the victim's account paints Jessica Hicks as an accomplice.

It all began after police said 26-year-old Craig Uran and 23-year-old Jessica Hicks stole a car in north Phoenix on March 18.

Police said Uran pointed a gun at a police officer from his vehicle.

Police tracked them down to a Cityscape parking garage in downtown Phoenix where they said the pair stole another car that belonged to Vicki Lopez.

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In an interview with police, Lopez said she was sitting in her vehicle when she heard a "huge thud."

She said she saw a silver truck "roaring" down the ramp of the parking garage. Then a man and a woman, later learned to be Uran and Hicks,  approached her vehicle and yelled at her to get out.

Lopez said she turned the engine off, took her keys and ran out of the car. But, Hicks apparently yelled to Uran that Lopez still had her keys.

Lopez told police that the suspect screamed "I have a gun," so she dropped the keys to protect her life.

SWAT teams moved in and shot Uran. He died at the scene.

Hicks told the judge back in March that she was not part of Uran's plan, but insisted that she was kidnapped.

Under Arizona law, Hicks faces a first degree murder charge in the death of Uran. She also faces armed-robbery charges. She is due back in court May 19.

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