Huntsville woman pleads guilty to murdering her father

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Online court records show a Huntsville woman pleaded guilty to charges of murdering her father in 2017, before her case went to trial.

At a hearing on Friday, Lamia Boykin pleaded guilty to two counts of capital murder during a first-degree robbery, as well as a separate murder charge.

The Huntsville Police Department was called for a wellness check on 62-year-old Neal Boykin on September 2, 2017. When police arrived, they found him dead inside the home.

The HPD would later confirm that Neal was killed by blunt force trauma and a homicide investigation was ongoing.

It was during this investigation that Lamia Boykin, the victim’s daughter, was named as a suspect and later charged with the murder of her father. Michael Fondren has also been charged with capital murder.

Investigators at the time said they believed the two men assaulted Neal as they tried to extort money from him and that he died from the injuries.

Huntsville woman pleads guilty to murdering her father
Michael Fondren (Photo: Huntsville Police Department)

Fondren pleaded guilty to his charges on January 31, 2022. A sentencing hearing for him is scheduled for March 11, 2022 at the Madison County Courthouse.

A sentencing hearing for Boykin has been set for April 1, 2022.


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