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Wife trying to help spouse ends up in jail

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — Last summer, Limestone authorities arrested a man for allegedly slugging his wife and then added a drug charge after finding a purported meth lab in the home.

On Thursday, the wife tried to help her husband by taking credit for the meth lab, District Attorney Kristi Valls said.

In July 2006, the Sheriff's Department charged Mickey Joel Paulk with third-degree domestic violence and manufacturing a controlled substance. On Thursday, there was a hearing to revoke his probation.

Valls said Paulk's wife, Nakeda Danielle Paulk, 21, of 25516 Drawbaugh Road, Athens, testified.

"She testified for him, hoping to keep him from getting it revoked," Valls said.

"She claimed she bought all the chemicals for the meth lab and brought them into the home. It was obvious she was lying, but I read her her rights."

Valls said she told Nakeda Paulk she "in all likelihood would be going to jail" after leaving the courtroom.

"I asked her if this guy was worth it," Valls said.

"I asked her if she realized what she was saying and where she was saying it. She said she did. In the end, it didn't matter. The judge didn't believe her, and her husband's probation was revoked. And now she's in jail too because if she knew about the meth lab, she's just as guilty."

Valls charged Nakeda Paulk with manufacturing a controlled substance.

She is in jail without bond set.

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