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SW Ga. man pleads guilty in couple's 2011 slaying

A southwest Georgia man is going to prison on a life sentence after he pleaded guilty to killing a Chattahoochee County couple found dead inside their burned home in August 2011.

CUSSETA, Ga. (AP) — A southwest Georgia man is going to prison on a life sentence after he pleaded guilty to killing a Chattahoochee County couple found dead inside their burned home in August 2011.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1speaYg ) Dane D. Register pleaded guilty to murder charge Monday in the killings of Edward and Elaine Baker, a couple in their mid-60s where strangled and stabbed before their house was torched.

Stacey Jackson, Register's defense attorney, said the court agreed to dismiss seven additional charges against him. He will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

When police found the Bakers' bodies in 2011, they were so badly burned that the couple had to be identified using dental records. But autopsies found no signs of smoke inhalation, indicating both were dead before the fire.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

 

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