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Man Pleads Guilty to Rape, Murder

April 18, 2001

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ A man charged with choreographing the fatal rape of a 13-year-old boy pleaded guilty Wednesday in a deal with prosecutors that would spare his life.

Davis Don Carpenter, 39, was charged in the Sept. 26, 1999, rape and death of Jesse Dirkhising. Prosecutors said Carpenter diagrammed an attack carried out by Carpenter’s lover, Joshua Brown.

The state sought execution for both men, but Brown was sentenced to life in prison without parole last month after being found guilty of rape and first-degree murder.

Carpenter’s deal, if approved by Circuit Judge David Clinger, would give him the same penalty. Clinger conducted a hearing Wednesday to hear details of the arrangement.

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