Man pleads in shooting of accomplice in burglary

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man avoided a second trial by reaching a plea agreement in the shooting death of his accomplice during a home robbery.

Thirty-two-year-old Terrell Cole pleaded guilty last week to involuntary manslaughter in the January 2011 death of Andre Lovett. He had been scheduled to go on trial July 29 for first-degree murder.

Wichita police say Cole and Lovett were trying to rob a home when Cole fired a shot at one of the victims as he ran from the scene. The bullet hit Lovett, who died the next day.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/14VUIYn ) the jury in Cole’s first trial split in favor of acquitting Cole on several charges, including murder, but convicted him of tampering with electronic monitoring equipment.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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