Waco-Area Woman Accused in Husband's 2008 Death

Thursday, Mar 17, 2011  |  Updated 10:15 AM CDT
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Waco-Area Woman Accused in Husband's 2008 Death

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A Central Texas woman has been charged with the 2008 death of her husband in an alleged murder-for-hire case.

McLennan County Jail records showed 65-year-old Joyce Sturdivant of Robinson was held Thursday on $1 million bond. A grand jury Wednesday indicted Sturdivant on capital murder and attempted capital murder charges.

Joe Sturdivant Jr. was found shot to death in October 2008.

Special prosecutor Guy Cox says Joyce Sturdivant told police she returned home and discovered the body of her 68-year-old spouse.

Cox says two men weeks earlier accepted money from the woman, but never carried out her alleged killing request. He didn't elaborate.

Defense attorney Jason Darling did not immediately return a message Thursday from The Associated Press. Darling previously said he did not expect Sturdivant's indictment or arrest.

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