- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A Fort Wayne man who said he was high on bath salts when he killed a woman pleaded guilty Thursday to murder and abuse of a corpse.

In return for the guilty plea by Quinn Albers, prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of rape and felony murder in the death of 30-year-old Katherine Gick of New Haven. Her nude body was found in Catholic Cemetery in Fort Wayne on Oct. 20. Police said items placed on top of her had been set on fire, causing burns.

Albers was apprehended by police that night running through the cemetery. Police said he was carrying a black bag with knife handles and a knife blade coated with red stains and possible human tissue. Police said he had blood on his hands and body.

The plea deal calls for Albers to serve the maximum 65-year sentence for murder and 2½ years for abusing a corpse.

Court documents show Albers told police he didn’t remember what happened because he had taken bath salts. Albers told Judge Samuel Keirns that he suffers from mental illness and had been off his medications for three weeks before Gick’s murder. He had been ruled competent to stand trial.

Albers is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 25.

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