Ga. pastor pleads guilty to killing deacon

ROME, Ga. (AP) - An assistant pastor accused of the 2004
love-triangle killing of a deacon in his church has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Richard Scott Harper agreed to the plea deal in Superior Court on Wednesday in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty. Prosecutors say Harper and Michelle Reynolds conspired to
kill her husband, Thad John Reynolds.

Prosecutors say Harper ambushed Reynolds in July 2004 at the Frito-Lay distribution center where he worked and stabbed him 19 times.

Michelle Reynolds is charged with helping plot the crime. Her trial has not been scheduled.

Harper is expected to testify against her as part of his plea deal.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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