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March 10, 2009

Hardin Co. woman indicted on capital murder charges

A Woodville woman was indicted Tuesday by the Hardin County grand jury on capital murder charges for the part she played in the shooting death of 21-year-old Alex James Joseph III of Orange.

Prosecutors believe Niketa Nicole Floyd, 25, along with her husband, Randy Allen Floyd, 23, 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.

A woman walking her dog in February 2007 near her Hardin County home found the body and called authorities.

Hardin County District Attorney David Sheffield said his office decided to file the capital murder charges since they feel the crime of kidnapping occurred in addition to the murder. Niketa Floyd was initially charged with murder in December 2008 and has been out on a $100,000 bond. With the new capital murder charges comes a warrant for her arrest. As of press time, she had not been arrested yet.

Sheffield said his office has not made a decision as to whether they will pursue the death penalty. However, Niketa Floyd could receive life in prison.

Investigators with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office believe the incident 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 terribly wrong.

Following the murder, 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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