Six defendants in Mecklenburg County homicide cases pleaded guilty in court Thursday, including 23-year-old Mark Anthony Cox, whoi pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, the murder of an unborn child, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony larceny for the murder and robbery of Danielle Watson, an employee at The Flying Biscuit restaurant.
• Edward Timothy McClain, 43, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the March 2012 death of a woman at Knights Inn in northwest Charlotte. McClain was a long-haul trucker who stopped in Charlotte to rest and seek adult company from 39-year-old Yolanda Copper. After Copper came to his hotel room, McClain thought that she had taken his money. He confronted her, and Copper assaulted him, authorities said. Prosecutors said McClain used excessive force to defend himself when he choked Copper, who later died of her injuries. McClain has been sentenced to serve between 85 and 114 months in prison.
• Maria Turcios, 42, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Ricardo Torres, 32. Turcios was sentence to serve between 64 and 89 months in prison for the stabbing Torres to death in March 2012. Police found Torres in the parking lot of Charlotte apartment complex; Turcios also had stab wounds and spent several days in the hospital for treatment of her injuries. She claimed she was acting in self-defense, prosecutors said.
• Two defendants pleaded guilty on charges related to the June 2011 killing of Singbay Mulbah, 32. Therome Willie Poe, 30, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell cocaine. Poe was sentenced to serve between 17 and 21 months in prison but the sentence was suspended pending the successful completion of 36 months of probation. As conditions of his probation, Poe must serve six months in prison and pay restitution. Meanwhile, Kevin King, 22, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of an attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. He will be sentenced at a later date, prosecutors said. Charges against two other defendants in the case are pending.
• James Farris Hodges, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. The charges are related to the murder of Jared Bolli in Pineville in January 2010 and the separate murder of Brook Crist in Charlotte in August 2010. Prosecutors said Hodges will be charged at a later date.
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