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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Gatrell update

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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Daniel Gatrell, whose decision to turn down a plea deal in the murder of toddler Hannah Dowdie and her father we reported earlier on the blog, has apparently changed his mind. He's back at the courthouse with his lawyer, a spokesman for Circuit Judge Chris Piazza has notified us. We'll update you when know the outcome.

UPDATE: Gatrell pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter (from capital murder) in the killing of Michael Palmer and first degree murder (reduced from capital murder) in the killing of Palmer's daughter, Hannah Dowdie. He was sentenced to 10 years on the manslaughter charge and 40 on the murder charge, to be served concurrently. Piazza nol prossed the arson and kidnapping charges.

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