Man doing life asks to withdraw murder plea

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A man convicted in the rape and murder of a Tullahoma nursing student has asked the court to withdraw his guilty plea.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Donnie Jones Jr. filed paperwork Monday, asking to take back his plea and let a jury decide his case.

Jones said his attorney coerced him and prosecutors threatened to seek charges against his wife if he didn't accept the plea in the death of Meagan Sharpton.

Jones, who is 37, filed the motion from his cell in Morgan County, where he is serving a term of life without parole on his Feb. 4 plea to a first-degree murder charge.

Sharpton's partially burned body was found July 2 on the Awalt Bridge in Franklin County.

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