MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge has approved a plea deal that lets a Murfreesboro man avoid a first-degree murder trial in the beating death of his mother.
Roger Van Blarcom entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder in a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to serve a 30-year prison term, according to the Associated Press.
Loraine Van Blarcom was beaten with a baseball bat, but was able to tell police at the hospital that her son beat her after asking if she wanted to go to Heaven. The 81-year-old victim died about a week after the October 2009 incident in her home.
Roger Van Blarcom had been scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.