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Former Lee County Prosecutor Accepts Plea Bargain

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. — A former Lee County prosecutor who allegedly asked his ex-girlfriend to kill his wife has accepted a plea bargain.

Bill Huggins pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of obstruction of justice, one count of embezzlement and one count of attempted obstruction of justice. Huggins was also forced to surrender his law license.

Huggins was originally charged with solicitation to commit murder. Melissa Davis claims she had an affair with Huggins, and she claimed he wanted her to kill his wife, Kathy.

Investigators say Huggins gave Davis a pistol that was once evidence in a Lee County murder trial that he had prosecuted.

Alternate juror Scott Gandolph said many jurors believed they were going to be in court for awhile.

"I think there was more of a mood that we are going to be there a long time," he said.

Huggins faces 105 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled to take place 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The case was moved from Lee County to Johnston County because of Huggins' standing in the community.


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