Suspect pleads guilty in killing of SW Minnesota couple


One of the men charged with shooting a couple in their southwest Minnesota home last spring has pleaded guilty.

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KEYC reports Theodore Como, of Marshall, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree murder.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to charges, according to the Marshall Independent.

Como was accused in connection with the killing of Lyon County residents Jim Hively, 75, and his 71-year-old wife Cathy. They were fatally shot in their home in Balaton, near Marshall, in April of 2015.

Como faced two counts of second-degree murder, and was also charged with arson and armed burglary.

Two others – Derek Hexum and Kyle Wesslink – were also charged.

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.

Hexum, who is on probation after being sentenced for helping his brother flee police following a shooting in Yellow Medicine County, has said he wasn’t involved in the burglary or arson.

According to KEYC, Como will have to testify against Hexum as part of the plea deal.

Wesslink pleaded guilty to charges of aiding an offender back in December, the Marshall Independent said.

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