Missouri man pleads guilty in 13-year-old's death
IBERIA (AP) - A southwest Missouri man will spend life in prison without parole in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl.
Miller County prosecutors say 31-year-old Steven Henderson of Iberia avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty Friday to first-degree murder in the June 2013 death of Macala Shelton.
KYTV reports Macala's body was found on an unused farm a few miles from a home she lived in with Henderson and other relatives.
A probable cause statement filed in the case said Henderson admitted killing the girl with a large survival knife.
Henderson is the brother of Macala's stepfather. She had moved to Iberia with her stepfather and siblings when her mother was deployed by the military.