DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A man has pleaded guilty just as he was about to go on trial in the 2001 fatal shooting of an armored-truck courier who was stocking ATMs at a Dearborn credit union.
Jury selection was to get under way Tuesday for the murder trial in federal court in Detroit.
Instead, 43-year-old Norman Duncan entered a guilty plea to murder in the death of Norman Stephens. The government wanted to pursue the death penalty but dropped it last year.
The 30-year-old father of six was shot in the back while already wounded outside Dearborn Federal Credit Union, where Duncan and others got away with $204,000.
Duncan wasn’t accused of pulling the trigger but admitted to Judge Victoria Roberts on Tuesday that he was taking part in a robbery that led to Stephens’ death.
The other suspect involved, Timothy O’Reilly, was convicted in Stephens’ death and received a life sentence without parole. Prosecutors said O’Reilly bragged about the killing during a secretly recorded conversation. Read more, here.
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