St. Louis man halts trial, pleads guilty to murder charge
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Prosecutors say they'll seek 17 years in prison for a man who halted his trial and pleaded guilty to a reduced murder charge linked to a 2013 drug-related killing.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 35-year-old Chad A. Allen pleaded guilty Thursday in St. Louis Circuit Court to charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Allen's prosecutors and attorney reached the plea deal after jurors already had heard a day of his trial.
Investigators say Robert Coley was fatally shot in June 2013 during a marijuana-related robbery.
A co-defendant, Jerrick Williams, has pleaded not guilty and is to go on trial July 6 on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.