Man awaits sentencing in murder cover-up
WAYNE -- A Wayne County man awaits sentencing next month for his involvement in covering up last summer's killing of Julius Davis.
Wayne Daniel Kilpatrick, 51, pleaded guilty two weeks ago to accessory after the fact to murder, the sole count of his indictment, according to court records.
Wayne County Prosecutor Tom Plymale said Kilpatrick faces a punishment of one to five years in prison. Sentencing is set for July 18.
Kilpatrick and co-defendant Erica Dawn Streets, 32, were arrested in October 2013, months after Davis' disappearance. Authorities found his body buried in a shallow grave approximately 300 yards from Streets' mobile home.
Criminal complaints charged Streets with killing the father of her children that summer with a gunshot wound to the head as he lay in bed at the family's mobile home along Little Lynn Creek. The documents further allege Streets called Kilpatrick and left with her children when he arrived to clean up the crime scene.
Kilpatrick pleaded guilty without an agreement to do so, Plymale said. The prosecutor still expects to subpoena him to testify at Streets' trial, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 27.
Authorities believe Streets and the children returned home soon after Kilpatrick finished cleaning. They lived at the residence until the October arrest, while the father's body lay in the backyard, according to reports at the time.
Meanwhile, a marriage certificate indicated Streets married another man Oct. 1 before a circuit judge in New Martinsville, West Virginia. State troopers said Streets, her new husband and her children were at the Little Lynn Creek mobile home at the time of her arrest.
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