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Friday, April 21, 2017 1:50 pm

Defendant pleads guilty in Indianapolis officer's killing

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- A man charged in an Indianapolis police officer's fatal shooting has pleaded guilty to murder in a plea deal that spares him the death penalty.

Court records show a Marion County judge accepted 27-year-old Major Davis II's guilty plea on Friday.

Davis had faced a possible death sentence if he was convicted in the July 2014 slaying of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Perry Renn. He will serve life in prison without parole under his plea agreement. Sentencing is set for April 27.

Prosecutors said Davis killed Renn with an assault rifle as the 51-year-old officer responded to a report of shots fired.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said Davis' plea meets the wishes of Renn's widow and "will avoid what would likely have been years of courtroom proceedings."