Florida Man Indicted in Cold Case on Oahu

Josie Klakström

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Thomas Garner in courtOrlando Sentinel

Kathy Hicks went missing in September 1982. She was found on Nuuanu Pali Drive, where she’d been assaulted and then strangled to death.

The case went cold, but 40 years later, a Florida man is now in custody on charges of second degree murder.

61 year old Thomas Garner of Jacksonville was indicted on Friday, accused of killing 25 year old Kathy Hicks. It’s unclear whether the pair knew each other or whether it was an opportunistic crime.

Prior to Kathy’s death, the dental hygienist was already in a Florida prison for another murder, which he’s also recently been found guilty for in May of this year.

US Navy recruit Pamela Cahanes was found beaten and strangled at a Seminole County lot in Florida in 1984. During the trial, Garner denied relations with Pamela.

“If I had casual sex with Ms. Cahanes, I probably wouldn’t remember,” he said, according to Fox 35 Orlando.

The jury found Garner guilty of first-degree murder after two hours of deliberation and Garner was sentenced to life in prison.

At the time, Assistant State Attorney Anna Valentini said, “We’re grateful we were able to win this fight for Pamela and her family. I hope they can rest easier knowing that tomorrow, and every day after, Thomas Garner is going to wake up in a jail cell knowing exactly why he’s there.”

DNA was found on Pamela’s body after she was assaulted, and this is to be how they connected Garner to Kathy’s murder. His bail is now set at $2million and it’s likely he’ll remain in Florida, though he may be extradited for trial.

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