- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona man charged with fatally beating his mother and setting fire to her house on the Navajo Nation has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Lakin Jim Bennett is scheduled to be sentenced in April in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

Bennett entered his plea last month. Prosecutors agreed to drop an arson charge and said they wouldn’t charge Bennett in a separate stabbing incident.

According to a criminal complaint, Bennett had been drinking heavily on March 7, 2014 at his mother’s home about 60 miles north of Tuba City. He told a Navajo Nation police officer that he struck his mother in the head for “talking too much” and “burned the house down.”

A medical examiner concluded that Mae Bedonie as a result of physical violence.

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