Man pleads guilty to killing, putting victim in freezer

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to a murder charge after admitting he strangled his roommate and stuffed the body into an unplugged freezer in 2017.

A Jackson County grand jury indicted Thomas Stafford on a capital murder charge. But, according to the Sun Herald, District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath says Stafford was allowed to plead to a reduced charge after prosecutors consulted the victim’s family.

Stafford admitted killing 65-year-old Jerry Kirkendall on March 3, 2017, at the home they shared in the Latimer community. Stafford described Kirkendall as a friend and apologized to the court and to Kirkendall’s family.

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