(SD)-Guilty Plea in Rapid City Convenience Store Slaying
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - One of two men charged with fatally stabbing a Rapid City convenience store clerk in January while she chased them for shoplifting beer pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree murder on Tuesday..
18-year old Carlos Quevedo had been charged with alternate counts of 1st- and 2nd-degree murder in the death of 45-year-old Kasie Lord as well as 1st-degree robbery.
Quevedo would normally face mandatory life in prison without parole but because he was 17 at the time, a U-S Supreme Court ruling says he can't be denied eligibility for parole. 7th Circuit Judge Heidi Linngren, though, has the flexibility to give him a sentence into the hundreds of years when he Quevedo comes back in front of her February 12th.
In entering his guilty plea, Quevedo told Linngren that he'd taken 16 prescription pain killers, drank cough medicine with a soda, smoked marijuana, and drank vodka with the second defendant, Cody Grady, earlier the night Lord died.
Quevedo said he and Grady were breaking into cars when they found a knife in one and kept it, then walked to Lord's convenience store. He said he blacked out at that point and doesn't remember anything until waking up at Grady's home with blood on his hands and shirt.
Even though he can't remember anything about the attack, Quevedo said he had no doubt he was the one who killed Lord...with his attorney adding that Quevedo wants to accept responsibility for the death. Surveillance video shows Grady running off with items from the store as Quevedo stabs Lord more than 38 times.
Grady, who was 19 when Lord was killed, is scheduled for trial on February 20th. He also appeared in court on Tuesday, telling Judge Linngren he'd finished his proposals for a questionnaire to go to the jury. He is due back in court later this month.
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