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Teen likely to plead guilty in North Hills murder case

Posted August 14, 2014

Charged with first-degree murder in the May 14, 2013, death of Melissa Huggins-Jones, Sarah Rene Redden appears for a bond hearing at the Wake County Justice Center on May 8, 2014.

— A teen charged with murder in the beating death last year of a woman in her North Hills apartment will likely plead guilty to a lesser offense, her attorney said Thursday.

Sarah Rene Redden, 19, has agreed to testify against her two co-defendants, Ronald Lee Anthony, 24, and Travion Devonte Smith, 21. They are scheduled to go to trial next March and could face a death sentence if convicted.

Melissa Huggins-Jones, 30, was found dead by her 8-year-old daughter in a bedroom of their apartment at the Allister North Hills complex off Six Forks Road on May 14, 2013.

Police haven't publicly commented on a motive, but court documents suggest burglary might have been a factor in the case. According to documents, the patio door of her upper-level apartment had been unlocked, and a laptop stolen from a model apartment a floor below linked the suspects to the crime.

Defense attorney Rosemary Godwin said Redden wasn't inside the apartment when Huggins-Jones was killed and intends to plead guilty for her role in the crime.

Prosecutors have said the three suspects had been breaking into cars in the area and that Redden had served as a lookout at a different apartment complex.



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  • nicklebbad Aug 15, 2014

    is anyone else getting tired of murderers getting off with plea deals?

  • 678devilish Aug 14, 2014

    So sad. Be careful in the friends you choose to hang around with. Some mean some good for you and some don't. Now she is facing time in prison. Not worth it.

  • outdoor592000 Aug 14, 2014

    This was such a sad case.............hope justice is served.

  • James Barefoot Aug 14, 2014

    She is just as guilty as the rest, It was her actions that allowed the other two to commit the crimes . She needs the same punishment