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Trial Set For ‘Legally Dead’ Man In Kidnap Case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) —A 2013 trial date has been set for a once “legally dead” Mississippi man facing federal charges in the kidnapping of a 12-year-old Las Vegas girl whose body was found last year in Louisiana.

Thomas Steven Sanders had been declared legally dead in 1994 after abandoning his family seven years earlier. He’s now suspected in the deaths of Lexis Roberts and her mother, Suellen Roberts.

Lexis Robert’s body was found Oct. 8 in Louisiana’s Catahoula Parish. The mother was found in northwestern Arizona’s Yavapai County in November.

Authorities say Sanders and Suellen Roberts had been in a relationship.

The trial is set for Jan. 14, 2013, in Alexandria, La., where he’s charged with the girl’s kidnapping.

Sanders has pleaded not guilty.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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  1. TRACIE OWENS says:

    I WAS KIDNAPPED, RAPED AT GUNPOINT FROM 1/24-26/2009 AT PACIFIC MINI STORAGE IN LAS VEGAS, NV. I IDENTIFIED HIM IN A PHOTO LINE UP AND HE WAS IMPLICATED BY DNA AND HE CONFESSED TO DOING IT ON MY VOICEMAIL TWICE, JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS AFTER DROPPING ME AT MY HOME! THE DETECTIVE, ANGIE CHRISTIANSON, LVMPD SEXUAL ASSAULT DIRECTOR SAID, “JUST LET IT GO TO YOUR VOICEMAIL”. FIVE PEOPLE HEARD THE VOICEMAIL AND LVMPD NEVER CHARGED HIM WITH THIS INCIDENT OR EVEN SEND IT TO THE DA’S OFFICE FOR REVIEW!!!!!!!! THIS IS A TRAVESTY! I USED TO WORK FOR THE DA’S OFC IN SHASTA COUNTY, CA; MY NAME IS TRACIE LYNN OWENS. I CAN’T GET MY RECORDS OR ANYTHING! NEITHER CAN THE LV REVIEW JOURNAL. MIKE BLASKY, EDITORIAL WRITER FOR LVRJ CAN’T GET MY STATEMENT THAT WAS RECORDED ON TAPE AT THE HOSPITAL, UMC, ON 1/26/09. LVMPD WON’T COOPERATE AND HAVE LIED REPEATEDLY TO ME AND MY HUSBAND. I HAVE AN EIGHT-YEAR OLD SON AND NEED TO BE A LOVING MOTHER, NOT A ????? MENTALLY DISTURBED, SCARED, ETC…..WHY SHOULD SOMEONE THAT IS WANTED BY AMW AND DECLARED DEAD IN 1994, WHY DID LVMPD COVER THIS WHOLE INCIDENT UP INSTEAD OF CAPTURING HIM THAT DAY HE WAS INTERVIEWED BY LVMPD AND LVMPD FOUND THE GUN HE USED ON ME!!!! THE ROBERT’S FAMILY IS AWARE OF THIS NOW AND I WANT JUSTICE! IT’S ALL ABOUT RESPECT, AND I HAVEN’T BEEN TREAT-D WITH ANY BY LVMPD. PLEASE CONTACT ME OR MY HUSBAND AT (702) 860-4486 OR (702) 624-9065. THIS IS URGENT FOR TOURIST SAFETY AS WELL AS RESIDENTS OF CLARK COUNTY, NV.

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