WASHINGTON — The man accused of sexually assaulting and strangling an area actress and yoga teacher final Christmas pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree homicide within the grisly slaying.
Police discovered the physique of 46-year-old Tricia McCauley inside her Toyota Scion in a Northwest D.C. CVS parking zone on Dec. 27 — two days after McCauley had failed to present up for a Christmas Day dinner with buddies.
Police stated they situated Adrian Duane Johnson, 29, close by, and he had McCauley’s keys on him on the time.
On Wednesday, Johnson accepted a plea cope with prosecutors that may ship him to jail for 30 years. Johnson shall be sentenced in November.
Police stated Johnson drove McCauley’s automotive across the D.C. space for at the least a day together with her physique inside, and made a number of purchases utilizing her bank cards.
After he was arrested, Johnson at first advised police he had consensual intercourse with McCauley after which she turned despondent and hung herself in her automotive. He informed police earlier than she died, she informed him he might have her belongings, together with her bank cards and automotive.
At a January courtroom look, Johnson’s lawyer, Mani Golzari, stated Johnson has an extended historical past of psychological sickness and that his preliminary statements to police have been “the ramblings of a mentally ill man.”
WTOP’s Nick Iannelli contributed to this report.
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