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January 15, 2010

Hardin County woman could face life

Hardin County District Attorney David Sheffield said he will not pursue the death penalty against Niketa Floyd, who is believed to have been involved in the death of an Orange man.

Her trial is expected to begin on Feb. 17. If convicted on the capital murder charges she faces an automatic life sentence.

Alex James Joseph III, 21, was found by a woman who was walking her dog in February 2007 near her Hardin County home and called authorities.

Prosecutors believe Niketa Nicole Floyd, 26, along with her husband, Randy Allen Floyd, 24, shot Joseph in the chest and left his body under a bridge at the turnaround near U.S. Highway 96 at Village Creek in Silsbee. They believe she played an equal part in the shooting.

Sheffield said his office decided to file the capital murder charges since they feel the crime of kidnapping occurred in addition to the murder.

Floyd was initially charged with murder in December 2008 and was out on a $100,000 bond. With the indictment of capital murder charges in March 2009 came another warrant for her arrest. She remained in jail until December 2009, when she posted a $250,000 bond.

Investigators with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office believe the incident which led to murder started a few hours earlier with a home burglary in Hardin County. Officials believe the two men met for a drug deal when something went wrong.

After the killing, the Floyds left the state of Texas with their two young children in tow. They later stopped at a Wal-Mart in Sioux City, Iowa, and stole a bag of money as the clerk was collecting other bags from the registers, according to Chief Lance Webster of the Wayne, Nebraska Police Department.

After avoiding police, the family of four left Iowa and headed across the state line about 50 miles away in Wayne, Nebraska.

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