Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty; Gets Life Sentences

The man accused of killing an Jackson County businessman in 2006 will spend the rest of his life in prison.

50-year-old David Lyle Hults pled guilty late last week to first degree, armed robbery with a firearm, grand theft motor vehicle and theft of personal identification.

Hults agreed to plead guilty in exchange for the prosecutor agreeing to drop his pursuit of the death penalty.

Hults killed 61-year-old Richard Meinzer on July 5th, 2006. Meinzer, who lived at Compass Lake, worked for an insurance title company in Panama City.

He was in Madison, east of Tallahassee, on business. Meinzer was staying in the Super 8 Motel, just 2-doors down from Hults.

Hults admitted to hog-tying Meinzer, beating him to death with the butt of a Lugar pistol, and stealing his truck and credit cards. Motel maids discovered Meinzer's body in his room on July 6th. By then, Hults was long gone.

He was on the run for several weeks, hop-scotching around the country, until law enforcement officers caught up with him in Texas. Investigators were able to lift Meinzr's DNA from Hults' gun and Meinzer's wallet, which Hults had stolen.

He was due to go on trial next month in Madison, but the guilty plea will end this case.

Hults will serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.

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