Missing woman’s ex-boyfriend indicted for her murder


GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – The former boyfriend of a missing Kentucky woman has been indicted on murder and robbery charges.

A Scott County grand jury charged 53 year old Joseph Hicks with Sheena Baxter’s murder. The charges he’s facing include: Murder, robbery, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief, and falsely reporting an incident.

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Hicks was already in jail after being arrested last week on charges of filing a false police report and tampering with evidence.

Police say he told them he was shot during an attempted robbery at a store in Georgetown on the day Baxter disappeared, but police say surveillance video showed it didn’t happen.

They say his gunshot wound is connected to Baxter’s murder.

The police say they don’t have Baxter’s body, but there is overwhelming evidence to charge Hicks with the murder.

According to police, Baxter and Hicks were recently in contact with each other.

Baxter was at her sister’s house on Valentine’s Day when police say she was going to make a quick trip outside and disappeared.

The prosecutor says this case is eligible for the death penalty.

Baxter’s sister says all the new information is traumatizing but she still wants more details.

“I want him to speak, I want him to give answers. I’m going to continue showing up, staring him down. I’m not scared,” said Christa Crumley, Baxter’s Sister.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Prosecutors are leaving the door open for more charges against Hicks and checking to see if anyone else was involved.

A lot of people are involved in the investigation including the FBI, Lexington Police Department’s forensics unit, along with the Georgetown Police and Scott County Sheriff’s office.

Hicks is due back in court in March.


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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.