Man in Duplin County pleads guilty to woman's murder

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A murder plea in Duplin County is sending a man to prison for at least 12 years.

Anthony Smith pleaded guilty to second degree murder for killing Ashley Mercer back in 2008.

Prosecutors say Smith put Mercer in the back of a car after a night of drinking, and drove six miles with her foot dragging along the road.

Reports say she asphyxiated after Smith used his hand to cover her mouth.

Smith will serve between 12 and 15 years.

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