St. Louis man admits murder as part of plea agreement

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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.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch