- By Nick Krueger SEC Country
The case of Jakell Mitchell’s death finally seems to be coming to an end.
The man accused of killing the freshman Auburn football player in 2014 pled guilty to a manslaugher charge in connection with the case according to James Crepea of Al.com.
Per the terms of his plea, Hart will serve a 10-year split sentence with three years probation and the pending charges against him in Tallapoosa County, including a felony gun charge and DUI, will be dismissed. Should the charges in Tallapoosa County not be dismissed, Hart would be permitted to nullify his guilty plea in Lee County, which also ends his outstanding murder charge, which was to be retried later this month.
As Crepea stated, the guilty plea clearly hangs in the balance on the other charges.
Hart was tried for murder in the case of Mitchell’s death in December 2017, but the judge declared a mistrial. A re-trial was scheduled for Feb. 26 according to Crepea.
He had pleaded not guilty to the killing in November 2015, but later admitted to it during an immunity hearing according to Tom Green of Al.com.
“I ain’t have no other choice; that’s the only choice I had,” Hart said during his testimony.
The accused murderer also expressed remorse for what unfolded that night, saying he never would have shot Mitchell had Mitchell not pointed and fired the gun at him first.
Mitchell was an Alabama native from Opelika.
“I’m devastated and saddened by the passing of Jakell Mitchell, ” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement soon after the shooting. “My thoughts and prayers are with Jakell’s family and friends, who are suffering through this senseless tragedy. I know the Auburn Family is hurting, especially our players and coaches, and we are going to love and support them through this difficult time. We have lost a member of our family too young, too soon.”
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