Joplin man pleads guilty to second-degree murder
JOPLIN (AP) — A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the death of a 71-year-old Joplin man.
The Joplin Globe reported that Anthony Carter pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County court to second-degree murder in the 2014 death of David McKibben. McKibben's body was found Sept. 6, 2014, inside his apartment. An autopsy determined he had been beaten and strangled.
Under a plea deal, prosecutors would recommend capping Carter's prison sentence at 20 years.
Circuit Judge Gayle Crane set Carter's sentencing hearing for Jan. 4.
Another man, 27-year-old Kristopher Smith, is also charged with second-degree murder in McKibben's death, and is scheduled for trial beginning Jan. 19.