Declared Dead Suspect Wants Indictment Thrown Out

Published February 20, 2012 6:27PM (EST)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys for a man who was declared dead and later charged in the kidnapping of a Las Vegas girl are asking a judge to dismiss one of the indictments against him.

Thomas Steven Sanders was indicted in 2010 for kidnapping resulting in the death of Lexis Roberts, whose body was found about a month earlier in Catahoula Parish in Louisiana. A second indictment in January 2011 added the charge of using a gun in a crime resulting in death.

Sanders was declared dead in Mississippi in 1994 after abandoning his family. He's suspected of killing Roberts and her mother, Suellen Roberts, 31, whose body was found in Yavapai County in northwestern Arizona.

Sanders' attorneys say he shouldn't face two charges that could lead to the death penalty for one crime.

By Salon Staff

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