- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man charged with beating a woman to death in front of a child and forcing someone to record the beating with a cell phone has pleaded guilty.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports (https://goo.gl/myIhbv) Timmithy Stover agreed this week to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and kidnapping charges in a deal with prosecutors.

The 27-year-old Hobbs resident had faced second-degree murder.

Authorities say Stover beat to death his live-girlfriend, 28-year-old Candiace Boone, in March 2013 and forced two others to bind her with duct tape while he beat her.

Officials say a child saw most of the beating.

The Lea County Sheriff’s Office said Stover told deputies he injected Boone with methamphetamine prior to an argument.

He faces up to 25 1/2 years in prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled Friday.

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Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, https://www.hobbsnews.com

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