Man to plead guilty to killing girl, 6

February 13, 2009 10:56:36 AM PST
A man charged with murdering a 6-year-old girl whose half nude, lifeless body was found hanging from the rafters of her family's garage will plead guilty Friday, attorneys in the case said. Shaun Earl Alexander, 21, will plead guilty to capital murder and will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, his attorney and Navarro County District Attorney Lowell Thompson told The Associated Press.

Thompson told the Corsicana Daily Sun that he had discussed the deal with the family of Hanna Mack, and they agreed that a life sentence was acceptable. Prosecutors could have sought the death penalty.

Arender's attorney, Mark Griffith, said his client would testify about the crime at the hearing.

Dana Mack found her youngest daughter hanging in the family garage in September 2007. Arender, who lived less than a mile from the Mack home in Navarro Mills, about 65 miles south of Dallas, was charged nearly three weeks later. He was already in jail on unrelated burglary and drug possession charges.

DNA taken from Hanna's clothing was a partial match for Arender, according to the arrest affidavit.

Hanna died by asphyxiation, according to the affidavit. Authorities later confirmed she had been sexually assaulted.

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