Prison records reveal murder suspect's past

Posted at 2:56 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 22:24:40-05

Records show the suspect accused of killing another woman and then keeping her body as a shrine to God had been arrested several times before, even spending time in prison.

Anitra L. Braxton, 39, was arrested Dec. 26 under suspicion of first-degree murder after the body of a woman was found on her sofa.

According to court documents, Braxton told police that she shot the woman, who has not yet been identified, in the eye because she did not believe in her God. She then kept the dead woman's body on her couch for two or three days as a shine. 

Braxton refused ABC15's request for jail-house interview on Tuesday. 

A look at her background revealed that she had been arrested and booked into jail 15 times before.

She pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in 2001 and 2002. In 2003, she pleaded guilty to forgery and was sentenced to a year and 6 months in prison. 

In 2005 she pleaded guilty to a narcotic drug violation and was sentenced to 3 years in prison. In 2011, she pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and aggravated assault charges and was sentenced to another 3 years, according to online records.

She was released from her most recent stint on Oct. 5, 2013.

Those records also show that she received 9 disciplinary infractions during her time with the Arizona Department of Corrections, including disobeying orders, disorderly conduct and unauthorized smoking/tobacco use.

She also had a multitude of jobs as she was given a new assignment 19 times and terminated once. Her jobs ranged from kitchen and food services to yard detail and warehouse assistant, records show.

Take a detailed look at each mug shot in the interactive timeline below.