4th plea expected in principal case
The last of four 19-year-olds charged in the murder investigation of well-known principal Brian Betts is scheduled to plead guilty to lesser charges on Wednesday, according to Montgomery County Circuit Court records, bringing prosecution of the case to a close.
Deontra Q. Gray is set to plead guilty to robbery and a weapons charge, according to a plea agreement reached between both sides in the case. Sentencing recommendations call for 16 to 27 years, according to court papers, although such guidelines are sometimes debated in court and are not binding.
Gray's trial had been set to begin Jan. 31.
His attorney, Barbara Graham, long maintained that the evidence tying him to Betts's slaying was weak. She said Monday that Gray went to Betts's house the night the principal was killed, in April, but he never went inside the house.
Saunders has admitted to pulling the trigger during the course of a robbery. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Lancaster and Johnson have yet to be sentenced, according to court records.
After Betts was killed, his stolen credit cards were used. Gray was inside a store when one of the cards was used, Graham said. "His involvement was all after-the-fact," Graham said.
Lancaster's mother, Artura Williams, a relatively minor player in the case, also has pleaded guilty.
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