12/10/2003 1:00AM

William Hickam, trainer, dead


William K. "Bill" Hickam, a southern Illinois horsemen, died Monday at his home in Collinsville, Ill., from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, according to the police. He was 60.

Hickam was known primarily in the claiming game but also trained Illinois champions Faultless Tudor and Tri Crown, among other stakes winners. In 1982 he was leading trainer at Fairmount.

Visitation was scheduled for 2-6 p.m. on Thursday at the Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville. In addition to his wife, Linda, Hickam is survived by two daughters, Kelly Hickam and Tricia Nesbitt, and a son, Tim Nesbitt.