Houston man accused of shooting bystander during a domestic dispute expected in court

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A 58-year-old man is expected in court Monday, charged with murder after allegedly killing a young mother while trying to shoot his wife at a northwest Harris County apartment complex.

James Hickam will appear before state District Judge George Powell accused of shooting and killing Krystle Watson, an innocent bystander apparently caught in the crossfire on Thursday as Hickam aimed a gun at his wife, officials said.

Thomas Gilliland, a Harris County sheriff’s deputy, said investigators believe Hickam and his wife argued for several hours earlier that day.

About 2:30 p.m., she left their apartment in the Windfern Meadows complex, in the 12900 block of Windfern, near Jersey Village.

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Hickam apparently followed his wife outside as she went to her car, which was next to Watson’s vehicle,.

Watson had just pulled up to the complex with her 2-year-old son, inadvertently putting her — and her baby — between Hickam and his wife.

Hickam is accused of firing at least one shot toward his wife as she got into her car. A shot apparently went through Watson’s car before striking Hickam’s wife, Gilliland said.

Watson, who was in her 20s, was killed. Her toddler, who was in the car during the gunfire, was not injured, Gilliland said.

Hickam’s wife was also hit and suffered massive trauma. She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Hickam was charged with murder in the slaying, but had not been charged Friday morning in connection with his wife’s injuries.

 In 2004, Hickam pleaded guilty to assaulting a family member, his only prior charge in Harris County.

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