- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A man accused of participating in a drug deal that led to the killing of an undercover Chandler police officer six years ago has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Thandika Singleton also pleaded guilty Thursday to solicitation to commit possession of marijuana for sale.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 22.

Detective Carlos Ledesma died in a gunfight following a botched drug deal in July 2010.

Ledesma and other officers posed as dealers and showed two suspects a marijuana sample before arranging for a sale at a home in south Phoenix.

Singleton and another suspect were accused of presenting $250,000 in cash to buy 500 pounds of marijuana from the undercover officers.

Singleton was 38 at the time of his 2010 arrest.



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