Robinson resident Joyce Sturdivant’s murder of her husband Joe Sturdivant Jr. in 2008 gets revisited on the cable channel Investigation Discovery’s “Deadly Women” series at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.
Sturdivant was found guilty in 2011 of shooting her husband, owner of a Waco auto repair shop, in the back of the head while he was sleeping in bed. A McLennan County jury also found her guilty of trying to hire others to kill her husband. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder and an additional 15 years for attempted capital murder.
Sturdivant, 63 at the time of the murder, is one of three cases examined in the “Granny Gets A Gun” episode airing Saturday night. The other two cases involve a 64-year-old Florida woman who shot her husband in the back of the head, then buried him in the couple’s herb garden, and an 81-year-old woman who shot and killed her grandson-in-law.
Waco attorneys Guy Cox and Alan Bennett, appointed as special prosecutors in the case after McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna recused himself, were interviewed for the program. Sturdivant’s defense attorneys Russ Hunt Sr. and Michelle Tuegel were not contacted by the program.
No program details were available outside of the promotional tagline, “These Deadly Women are old, but not wise. You have to watch your back when ‘Granny Gets A Gun.’ ”
Investigation Discovery is carried on Time Warner Cable Channel 138 and Grande Communications Channel 161.