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2nd defendant takes plea deal in central Iowa slaying

June 7, 2019

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman accused of helping a man choke a woman to death and dispose of her body has taken a plea deal.

Webster County District Court records say 27-year-old Mackenzie Knigge pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted murder and two other crimes. Prosecutors say Knigge and Phillip Williams, of Lafayette, Indiana, killed 26-year-old Jessica Gomez in Knigge’s Clare apartment in August 2017. Her body was found in a field near Clare.

Williams was sentenced in April to 30 years in an Iowa prison. Both Knigge and Williams had been charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors lowered the charges in return for their guilty pleas. Knigge’s trial had been scheduled to begin Monday.

Knigge’s sentencing is set for July 8.

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