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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An accused killer has avoided another trial by pleading guilty to manslaughter.
Lloyd Hammond pleaded guilty to the 2006 murder of Kerry Williams. He agreed to a 10-year sentence.
Two other murder charges against Hammond are pending. They were dropped in 2012 because statements from key witness Troya Sheckles, who was killed just weeks after agreeing to testify, could not be used during the second trial.
Prosecutors have appealed that ruling and are waiting for a decision and hope to use the statements in other trials against Hammond.