A man accused of killing a married couple at their southwest Minnesota farmhouse during a burglary and burning down the house to hide evidence pleaded guilty to first-degree murder charges, Marshall Radio reports.
Derek Hexum, 21, said he blacked out and didn't remember shooting 71-year-old Catherine Hively and her 75-year-old husband James in April of 2015, according to the station.
Hexum was indicted by grand jury last week, leading to first-degree murder charges.
Hexum had actually tried to plead guilty last month, when the charges were for second-degree murder – but KEYC reported a Lyon County judge rejected it because the county attorney was waiting for an indictment on first-degree murder charges.
According to the criminal complaint, Como told police he waited outside while Hexum went into the Hively’s residence with a shotgun, then heard four or five shots and a scream. They returned the next day to destroy evidence – Hexum lighting the house on fire, while Como started the garage ablaze, the complaint says. The two bodies were found in the charred remains and ashes of the home.