Georgia

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 (http://on-ajc.com/2hX6U7s ) 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.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com