- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

NEWTON, N.C. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to beating his wife to death has withdrawn his plea and will now go to trial.

Prosecutors told several media outlets that the original first-degree murder charge against Marvin Hill was put back in place after a judge Tuesday agreed with Hill’s request to drop his Oct. 5 guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge.

Hill told the judge he wasn’t fully aware of his possible punishment when he pleaded guilty. Authorities say Hill beat his 36-year-old wife, Louver, to death, but told investigators his wife slipped and hit her head.

The judge on Tuesday set a preliminary trial date for February.

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