The man accused of slaying three Muslim students last month near the University of North Carolina made one last call to his wife after his arrest.
"This is not your fault, and have a good life," Craig Steven Hicks said, according to his wife's lawyer, who spoke to the New York Times.
The two haven't spoken since, according to the Times report published Tuesday.
Hicks's wife, Karen Haggerty Hicks, is one of the few people who can give insight into her husband's possible motives. That context is key as authorities investigate whether the killings may have been a hate crime. Prosecutors on Monday also announced their intention to pursue the death penalty for Hicks.
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