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One defendant pleads guilty to murder

Latest: 4:28 pm, 2/14/14, Friday MACON COUNTY -- A man pleaded guilty to murdering a Maroa man in 2012.
Latest: 4:28 pm, 2/14/14, Friday
MACON COUNTY -- A man pleaded guilty to murdering a Maroa man in 2012. 22-year old Douglas Taylor admitted stabbing, beating and stomping Justin Mentzer to death. Taylor faces life in prison when he's sentenced later this year.

Taylor and Terris Warnsley were arrested. They reportedly told police they did it to steal a Playstation and computer. Warnsley goes on trial in May.
Latest: 4:48 pm, 11/28/12, Wednesday
MAROA -- Electronics may have been the motive in the death of a man. Douglas Taylor and Terris Warnsley are charged in the death of Justin Mentzer.

He was found dead in the 200-block of East Washington Street Monday. Court documents state Taylor and Warnsley admit to plotting the murder for three weeks in an effort to steal a PlayStation 3 and a computer.

Authorities say Mentzer was beaten and stabbed until he gave the suspects the password to his laptop. Investigators say the men took turns stabbing him. Police say the pair planned on selling the electronics.

Update: 5:45 pm, 11/27/12, Tuesday
MAROA -- Two men were arrested in the death of  23-year old Justin Mentzer. Police say 21-year old Douglas Taylor and 21-year old Terris Warnsley were charged with murder.

Mentzer was found dead on East Washington Street Monday morning. An autopsy showed he died from severe blows to his head and body.

Taylor and Warnsley are both from Maroa. They're being held at the Macon County Jail on $10 million bond.

Original: 9:47 pm, 11/26/12, Monday

MAROA -- Police are investigating the suspicious death of a Macon County man. Officers were called to a mobile home in the 200 block of E. Washington Monday morning.

That's where relatives found Justin Mentzer, 23, unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 11:25 am. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday in Bloomington. Until then, Mentzer's cause of death is listed as "undetermined."
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