Man pleads guilty in West Tennessee killing

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a West Tennessee man to life in prison on his guilty plea to murder.

The Chester County Circuit Court Clerk's office confirms Jason Martindill entered a guilty plea and was sentenced on Tuesday in the killing of Paulette Trice. He must serve 51 years before any chance of parole.

The 61-year-old victim was fatally stabbed in her home in Henderson in October. Warrants stated the killers tried to burn Trice's body and her house to conceal the murder.

A second defendant in the killing is scheduled for trial next April.

He is Russell Caldwell, whose charged with first-degree murder, felony murder and aggravate arson. The prosecutor's office has filed notice it intends to seek the death penalty if Caldwell is convicted.

Caldwell and Martindill fled after the killing and were caught last November in Texas.

A third suspect was charged with filing a false report in the crime.

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