Four plead guilty in connection with Vonore murder

Four plead guilty in connection with Vonore murder

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Lorenz Freeman (Source: Monroe County Sheriff's Department) Lorenz Freeman (Source: Monroe County Sheriff's Department)
Coty Smith (Source: Monroe County Sheriff's Department) Coty Smith (Source: Monroe County Sheriff's Department)
Joshua Steele (Source: Monroe County Sheriff's Department) Joshua Steele (Source: Monroe County Sheriff's Department)

MADISONVILLE (WATE) - Three men and a woman entered guilty pleas Monday in connection with a 2012 murder.

Josh Steele, Coty Smith and Lorenz Freeman each pleaded to murder in the second degree in Monroe County court. They'll be sentenced Sept. 27.

A fourth defendant, Jessica Payne, pleaded to facilitation of second degree murder.

Her sentence is 10 years of supervised probation.

The murder happened back in March of 2012.

The victim, Luther Vineyard, 53, was found dead inside a home on Smokey Branch Road outside of Vonore.

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