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Social media posts reveal ex-couple's rocky history

Posted at 4:31 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 18:37:23-05

(LEX 18)  — In four days a Scott County trucker will be arraigned on murder and other charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Sheena Baxter.

A special grand jury indicted Joseph E. Hicks on a six count indictment Tuesday after Baxter disappeared Valentine's Day. According to the indictment, Hicks murdered the mother of three on or about February 14. Police found her body wrapped in plastic at a Richmond, Kentucky storage unit near Hicks' home Tuesday afternoon.

Relatives say the two dated on and off, but kept in mutual communication.

LEX 18 discovered comments Hicks made on Baxter's Facebook page in the summer of 2018. That was the same time she got two protection orders against him claiming, abuse, stalking and sexual assault.

On the day she filed one of the orders, Hicks posted, "You can see her in that pic looking at me taking the picture as she drove off."

In the that protection order from August 21, 2018, Baxter said, "He chased her down in a vehicle....followed her from the gas station, then tried to get in her vehicle."

She went on to claim he followed her back to her home and cussed at her. Baxter later asked the court to dismiss both protection orders.

Baxter's cause of death has not been released.