On July 29, 2002, 30-year-old Nikki LaDue January was found dead shortly before 10:00 a.m. from a single gunshot to her head. Her body was located on the balcony of her third floor condo in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
Despite evidence to the contrary, within two hours after police arrived, her death was ruled a suicide. Her family has often said Nikki would not have committed suicide.
Nikki had been married to Phil January for less than two years and both were employed at Grand Casino. Friends described January as a jealous control freak who Nikki feared. Once a fun-loving, happy woman, Nikki became a loner who was afraid to socialize with her fellow workers. January often had his spies watching her.
Nikki had a five-year-old son, Zachary, from a previous marriage to co-worker, Mike Williams. Nikki adored Zack, so the notion that she would intentionally do something to take herself completely away from him forever seemed ludicrous to those who knew her.