Status conference reset in kidnap case of man declared dead

Published 8:45 am Sunday, August 19, 2012

JACKSON (AP) — A federal judge in Louisiana has rescheduled a status conference for a man who was declared dead in Mississippi in 1994 and surfaced years later as a suspect in the deaths of his Las Vegas girlfriend and her daughter.

Thomas Steven Sanders is charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, La., with kidnapping resulting in the death of 12-year-old Lexis Roberts. He’s also charged with using a gun during a crime that resulted in death.

A status conference had been set for Aug. 23, but has been pushed back to Sept. 4.

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Prosecutors say they’ll seek the death penalty in the case.

The child’s body was found near Jonesville, La., in October 2010. The body of her mother, Suellen Roberts, was found the next month in Arizona.