Suspect in death of MN man found dead along county road pleads guilty

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One of the men charged with killing a Minnesota man whose body was found along a county road has pleaded guilty.

The St. Cloud Times reports Joshua Lee Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of aiding and abetting intentional second-degree murder, in connection with the death of Jamie Wylie.

Wylie, a Cottage Grove native who was living in Foley, was last seen alive in December of 2013 at a friend’s house in St. Cloud. His final contact with family was by cellphone Dec. 10 of that year.

Wylie’s body was found on County Road 75 just east of St. Cloud in March of 2014, and medical examiners identified the cause of death as a gunshot wound.

Smith and Travis Michael McKinney were arrested and charged in May of 2014, the Star Tribune reported. Last September, two men were indicted in Wylie's death.

According to the St. Cloud Times, 25-year-old Smith told a Benton County District Court judge he was the one who shot Wylie – but that claim, and his accounts, seem to conflict with what investigators believe happened, the paper says.

McKinney's slated to go to trial next week, according to Benton County records.

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