Walker County murder to be featured on true crime show Sunday night

Linda Tucker, the mother of Nikia Gilbreath, poses Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at her home in Rocky Face, Ga., for a portrait holding a piece of pottery made by her daughter. Gilbreath was 23 years old when Jamie Ray Ward kidnapped and murdered her, and he was convicted in 1991

A documentary news magazine will air an episode dedicated to a 28-year-old Walker County murder this weekend.

"On the Case with Paula Zahn," a program on the Investigation Discovery channel, will recount the twists and turns from 1989, when Nikia Kay Gilbreath's body was found in the woods. Someone had broken her ribs and stuffed wads of paper down her throat, suffocating her.

photo Nikia Gilbreath is seen in this contributed photo with her daughter, Amber. Gilbreath was 23 years old when Jamie Ray Ward kidnapped and murdered her, and he was convicted of the crime in 1991.

About four months after the killer abducted Gilbreath from her LaFayette home, investigators identified a suspect: Jamie Ray Ward, who had recently been arrested for stalking and raping another woman.