Southworth enters Alford plea to manslaughter charge

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man who was once convicted of killing his wife has now entered a guilty plea in the case.

Donald Southworth was convicted of murdering his wife, Umi, in 2012.  She was found dead on Meadowthorpe Avenue in Lexington in 2010.

The state Supreme Court overturned Donald Southworth’s conviction in 2014, saying some of the evidence was inadmissible.  His second trial was supposed to start later this month.  According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, however, instead of going to trial, Southworth entered an Alford Plea on Tuesday to manslaughter.

An Alford Plea means a defendant doesn’t admit guilt, but acknowledges enough evidence for a conviction.

The state is recommending 16 years in prison.  Sentencing is set for March 11th.

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