- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - A Mandan man has pleaded guilty to a murder charge stemming from the shooting death of a neighbor.

Jonathan McKinney entered his guilty plea Tuesday, the same day he was scheduled to go on trial for the charge.

Authorities accuse McKinney of shooting 28-year-old Alex Lansdon in January 2014. The shooting happened at Lansdon’s home.

McKinney previously pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and tampering with evidence.

McKinney’s attorney, Patrick Rosenquist, says the change of plea on the murder charge came as a result of several witness statements expected to be introduced at the trial.

McKinney’s co-defendant, Warren Pfetzer (FEHT’-zur), has pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and other charges.

The murder charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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