- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 3, 2002

Prince George's County police have charged an Upper Marlboro woman with arranging the Sept. 20 slaying of her husband, a D.C. police lieutenant who had been on sick leave because of stress.
Nicolle Therese Baxter, 31, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, and her former boyfriend, Hayes Capers, 31, of Oxon Hill, was charged Friday, said Capt. Andy Ellis, a police spokesman.
"We believe that she hired him to kill her husband," Capt. Ellis said, adding that additional charges are expected after the Prince George's County State's Attorney's office screens the case.
Both are being held without bail in at the Prince George's County jail in Upper Marlboro, and court appearances are scheduled for tomorrow.
Mrs. Baxter found her husband, Lt. Garrett Alan Baxter, 34, fatally shot about 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20 in the garage of their large, red-brick home in the 100 block of Stan Fey Drive. She ran to a neighbor's home to call police.
"Now you will finally get to be free from your pain," Mrs. Baxter said at the Oct. 1 funeral for her husband.
Lt. Baxter held a $1 million life insurance policy, and Mrs. Baxter promised Mr. Capers $200,000 for the killing, police sources said.
On Thursday Mrs. Baxter voluntarily went to police headquarters in Palmer Park to answer investigators' questions, Capt. Ellis said. Police sources said she confessed, and investigators then confined her overnight at a Greenbelt hotel.
On Friday Mrs. Baxter cooperated with police and called Mr. Capers, telling him she would give him $5,000 until the insurance money was paid, police sources said. They made plans to meet later Friday at an Outback Steakhouse in Largo.
Inside the eatery, Mrs. Baxter gave the money to Mr. Capers, who returned to his vehicle and was cornered by the county police SWAT team, sources said. He purposely backed into a police van before armed officials caught him, sources said, adding that the arrest was videotaped. Capt. Ellis said Mr. Capers resisted at first.
Lt. Baxter was a highly respected veteran assigned to the Fifth Police District. He was the department's first black officer to enroll in and complete the D.C. police scuba-diving course, his brother James Baxter III said during a eulogy at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.
"We will never be the same," Fifth District police Cmdr. Jennifer Greene said at the funeral, noting that Lt. Baxter loved his job. "After staff meetings, I would wonder who was the commander."
The Baxters bought their $500,000 home as newlyweds in July 2001. They combined their families, which totaled five children, ages 7 to 10, from previous relationships. Both had two boys, and Mrs. Baxter has a daughter.
Their marriage was crumbling, prompting Lt. Baxter to seek medical leave, police sources said.
Other police sources said Mrs. Baxter was joking and talking outside the home on Sept. 20 with county police officers who were dispatched, neighbors and friends.

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