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No-contest plea in Blacksburg murder

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) A former Virginia Tech student has pleaded no contest in the 2016 killing of a 13-year-old Blacksburg girl, news outlets reported Friday morning.

David Eisenahuser’s trial was entering its fifth day when the news of a plea change came. Eisenhauer pleaded to all three charges – murder, abduction and concealing a body – that he faced in the death of Nicole Lovell, The Roanoke Times reported.

Prosecutors had told jurors Eisenhauer killed Lovell because he was afraid she would expose his improper relationship with the underage girl.

A plea of no contest means a defendant acknowledges there’s enough evidence to convict him, but doesn’t admit he committed the crime. The plea has the same effect as a guilty plea.

Natalie Keepers, who also attended Virginia Tech, has been charged as an accessory and is scheduled to go on trial in September.

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