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Indictment alleges Nacogdoches man was trying to kidnap murder victim

Randy Ellinwood. (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail.) Randy Ellinwood. (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail.)

A Nacogdoches man is accused of having tried to kidnap a man at the time of his murder, according to a grand jury indictment.

The grand jury indicted Randy Lee Ellinwood, 31, on a charge of capital murder on April 16. Ellinwood had previously been charged by Nacogdoches Police on a charge of first-degree murder.

The indictment, released by the Nacogdoches County District Clerk's Office on Friday, alleges Ellinwood was in the act of attempting to kidnap Gilbert Joseph Thibodeaux Jr., 32, of Nacogdoches, when Ellinwood killed him.

The indictment states Ellinwood hit Thibodeaux with a metal pipe, punched and kicked him.

Under the Texas penal code, a suspect can be charged with capital murder if they are in the act of a kidnapping.

Ellinwood's co-defendant, Erin Leann Belz, 26, of Nacogdoches, is also charged with capital murder. However, indictments are not released to the district clerk's office if a bond is raised and the defendant has not been arrested. Belz was released on a $100,000 bond on May 10. Belz's bond information on the indictment is not public record until the indictment is released or until she is re-arrested.

Nacogdoches Police arrested the pair after finding the body of Thibodeaux in the back of a pickup at Walgreen's on April 9. Police connected them to the truck and arrested them at a residence in the 300 block of Myrtle Street.

Officers were called the night of April 9 to a suspicious person call at Nacogdoches Floral Company on North Street. The caller said a man and woman were seen dumping something in a dumpster of the business and leaving in a pickup truck. Officers found items with blood on them and began searching for the suspect truck.

According to Sgt. Greg Sowell, it appears Thibodeaux knew the two and went to the Myrtle Street address, where he was assaulted.

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