Panhandle Fatal Shooting

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Florida Panhandle woman who had been facing a first-degree murder charge has entered a plea for a lesser charge.

Teresa McKee entered a manslaughter plea Monday in Walton County
court. She faces up to 30 years in prison at her May 5 sentencing.
Her first-degree murder trial last month ended with a hung jury.

Authorities say McKee killed her friend, 45-year-old Stephanie
Lockwood, in August 2009. The woman was found dead at her home from
what appeared to be a shotgun blast to her face.

McKee confessed details to deputies during the investigation
that implicated her in Lockwood's death, but a defense attorney
convinced enough jurors that McKee's husband, Piper McKee, was a
possible suspect.

A prosecutor said she had no doubt that Teresa McKee was the
real killer.

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