Already serving life, killer pleads guilty in 1976 slaying

The case of a 40-year-old Georgia slaying has come to an end with a guilty plea from a convicted cop killer and escape artist who's already serving life for kidnapping and armed robbery.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( ) 67-year-old Fred Dalton Brooks, pleaded guilty last week to voluntary manslaughter and armed robbery. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the 1976 death of James Earl Carter, a 39-year-old DeKalb County meat packing plant guard.

Brooks, currently imprisoned in Georgia, faces another life sentence in Mississippi for killing a state trooper. His guilty plea came as the result of a retrial in Carter's death.

The Georgia Supreme Court tossed an earlier murder conviction, saying the trial court erred by allowing the jury to hear about the trooper's 1983 slaying.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,