Taylor County Man Gets Life Sentence For 2006 Missing Woman's Murder

By: Garin Flowers; Candace Sweat; Mike Springer; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Garin Flowers; Candace Sweat; Mike Springer; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Garin Flowers
July 24, 2013

Perry, FL - The man charged in the murder of a woman missing since 2006 will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Lloyd Phelps was found guilty in the first degree murder of Patricia Knight.

That carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Knight went missing back in January of 2006 and was last seen on Calhoun Street in Perry at a relative's home before she disappeared.

Knight's disappearance was declared a homicide five years later.

By Lanetra Bennett
March 18, 2013

Perry, FL - Attorneys say they are treating the first degree murder case of a Taylor County man as a potential death penalty case.

Key witnesses were questioned today just before Lloyd Phelps appeared before a Taylor County judge about two hours ago.

The indictment says Phelps stabbed 41-year-old Patricia Knight to death. Knight went missing back in 2006... Phelps was arrested this past September.

In court this afternoon, Phelps' attorney told the judge that Phelps wants to go to trial as soon as possible because he's having a hard time in the county jail.

They are shooting for May to go to trial. A hearing is set for April 4th for a status update.

[UPDATE] Perry, Florida -September 14, 2012 at 10:20 p.m

Newly released court documents tell how Perry Police believe a missing woman was killed more than six years ago.

A Grand Jury Indictment released Wednesday, September 12 says 58-year-old Lloyd Phelps stabbed 41-year-old Patricia Knight to death.

Knight went missing back in 2006. Five years later, her disappearance was declared a homicide.

Phelps is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in connection with Knight's disappearance and death.

Phelps was arrested inside his home in Perry Wednesday night.

Court records also show at the time of Phelps' arrest he was on probation.

Phelps was charged in 2010 and sentenced in 2011 for Witness Intimidation and Felony Battery.

A neighbor says Phelps and his wife moved into the area about a year ago. The neighbor describes the two as being quiet and says they kept to themselves.

Phelps is being held without bond at the Taylor County Jail.

WCTV left a message with Phelps' attorney late Friday afternoon for comment.

[UPDATE] Perry, Florida -September 13, 2012 at 11:10 p.m

A Perry man at the center of a missing persons murder investigation was on probation when he was arrested, according to court documents.

Five-eight-year-old Lloyd Phelps was arrested inside his home Wednesday evening in Perry.

Phelps was arrested in connection to the disappearance and death of 41-year-old Patricia Knight.

According to court records, Phelps was charged in 2010 with Felony Battery and Witness Intimidating. He was sentenced in 2011. Phelps was on probation until May 5, 2016, according to documents.

Knight went missing back in January 2006. She was last seen on Calhoun Street in Perry at a relative's home before she disappeared.

Five years later, Knight's disappearance was declared a homicide.

Phelps is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in connection with Knight's disappearance.

Phelps is being held without bond at the Taylor County Jail.

Perry Police have not said how Phelps knew Knight or what evidence links Phelps to the crime.

[UPDATE] September 12, 2012 at 11:10 p.m.

We have just learned there is an arrest in a case of a woman who has been missing since 2006 from Perry, Florida.

The Perry Police Department confirms that they have arrested Lloyd Phelps and charged him with first degree murder in the case of missing Patricia Knight.

They arrested him around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say a grand jury handed down an indictment allowing them to arrest Phelps.

They are not releasing many details as to what exactly that evidence is right now, but say they will release more details Wednesday.

The 41-year-old Knight has been missing since January 2006.

After five years, her disappearance was declared a homicide.

We will keep you updated as the story continues to unfold.

Perry, Florida - James and Carol Locket say the years past have been an emotional roller coaster. On one hand, they kept a little hope that she was still alive somewhere. But as time went on, they began to think they would never see her alive again. Now they know for sure.

They say they've waited five years to find out what happened to their daughter. Now that they know, they're struggling with their emotions.

"It's kind of good news, bad news. It's bad news to find out that it is a homicide, but at least we know what happened to her now," said James Locket.

They knew something wasn't right when their daughter, 41-year-old Patricia Knight, didn't call her mother on her birthday back in January 2006.

Now, five years later, the Perry Police Department says Knight's disappearance has been reclassified as a homicide, and they have the physical evidence to conclude that she was the victim of a violent crime. It's a detail Locket says causes many restless nights.

"The thing that nags my mind the most is that she was the victim of a violent crime. I try to imagine what she must have gone through during this particular thing happening to her," he said.

Authorities are very tight-lipped about details of the new developments, but will say they are looking at a few people in connection with this crime.

Knight's parents say stories of missing women on the news bring back fresh emotions, and they realize just how close they came to joining the ranks of those who may never get answers.

"You just have to hope that something good comes out of it. Unfortunately, for my daughter is was a tragic end, but at least it's an end," said Locket.

Captain Jamie Cruse with the Perry Police Department would not elaborate on where the physical evidence was found, but said it had to be brought back to Taylor County where a medical examiner confirmed their suspicions.

Knight's mother says the new information is just confirmation of what she already knew; that her daughter was no longer with them.

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  • by auntie linda Location: wpb on Mar 7, 2011 at 11:11 AM
    gone but not forgotten
  • by Angela Location: Huntsville on Feb 27, 2011 at 03:20 PM
    I miss seeing your smiling face.An you coming around to my mom and Dads to visit with my Baby Bro Vernon.You were alot of fun.An when I worked the early shift atthe hospital,u wouldcome into get you some refreshments.An we would chat awhile.od loves you best.
  • by auntie linda Location: wpb on Feb 23, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    jazzy boo auntie loved you so much
  • by auntie linda Location: wpb on Feb 23, 2011 at 01:34 PM
    we had our mother's 80th birthday party and our grandmother 95th birthday niece was not there to wish happy birthday to her grandmother nor great grandmother. Even though everything went well she greatly missed with her loving and caring beautiful smile. bay girl i miss you and love so much.
  • by Jazzmine Location: Perry on Feb 18, 2011 at 07:55 PM
    It's been hard for our family for quite some time and now that the truth is that she gone just brings tears to my eyes because she was a sweet person and it was never a day that she didn't have a big smijle on her face.i just want to know why???!!!! I will never forget you auntie and the nickname she gave me will stay with me forever.I get kind of sad when the ladies at save a lot call me Jazzy Boo cause that's what my auntie niece and auntie sophie use to call me since I was a little girl, but I'm glad because she with her maker without any worries,sickness, and struggles. We miss and love you so much.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 03:48 PM
    May the peace of God reign
  • by doreen Location: orlando on Feb 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM
    I am so sorry for your lost. Just knowing she is with the Lord and without pain. I pray you find peace and may God bless and keep you in his comforting arms in this tragic time.
  • by auntie linda Location: west palm bch on Feb 15, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    she came from heaven to earth not knowing which way to go but GOD had a plan for her what it was she did'nt know he gave her a mother and father whom they were to oversee and gave her a beautiful sister name sophia the cross she had to carry sometimes got hard to bare but she knew by JESUS strips she was healed and JESUS would always be there. she knew Jesus gave sight to the blind man and raise lazarus from the dead. with two fish 5 loaves bread 5 thousand he fead. Yes you saw her struggle and some saw her pain but God makes no mistakes he has all power in his hand he said i alpha and omega the begining and the end Jesus was always in control and he best friend. the battle was not Patricia but the LORD she had faith now she's with the Lord. so we need to get our life right with CHRIST surley JESUS is coming again will you hear the words that she heard well done my good and faithful servent well done. tricia is at peace and she is at rest yes we all love her bust GOD LOVES HER BEST
  • by Linda Burgess Location: West Palm Beach, Fla on Feb 15, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    My heart grieves for the lost of my niece but I'm glad my brother and lovely sister-n-law has closure. Jesus said he will never leave you nor forsake you so I'm holding on to his hand and looking to the hills which cometh my help my cometh from the LORD which made heaven and earth. we thank the investing officers who never gave up and the many of you who never stop praying.Jesus said he has power over life and death not man. I also pray the person who did this volient crime ask GOD to forgive he will repent ye this day.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    What is GMH. Gary M Hilton
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