Woman Pleads Guilty to Complicity to Murder

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TOMPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A southern Kentucky woman has pleaded guilty to complicity to murder and avoided a possible death sentence had she gone to trial.

The Glasgow Daily Times reported that 36-year-old Chasity Hagan entered the plea Thursday in Monroe Circuit Court. Hagan had been charged in the April 2012 death of 63-year-old Brenda Howard.

Howard was found dead at her residence in Monroe County by a family member; she had been beaten and stabbed. Police say robbery played a role in the slaying.

As part of the plea deal, Hagan must testify against co-defendant, John William Smith. No trial date has been set for Smith.

Hagan's final sentencing before Judge David L. Williams is scheduled for Aug. 15.

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