The Associated Press
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man charged with beating a woman to death in front of a child and forcing someone to record the beating with a cell phone has pleaded guilty.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports Timmithy Stover agreed this week to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and kidnapping charges in a deal with prosecutors.
The 27-year-old Hobbs resident had faced second-degree murder.
Authorities say Stover beat to death his live-girlfriend, 28-year-old Candiace Boone, in March 2013 and forced two others to bind her with duct tape while he beat her.
Officials say a child saw most of the beating.
The Lea County Sheriff's Office said Stover told deputies he injected Boone with methamphetamine prior to an argument.
He faces up to 25 1/2 years in prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled Friday.