Accused Columbus killer pleads guilty

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A man whose conviction for the beating death of a child was overturned on appeal has now pleaded guilty rather than go through another trial.

Timothy Murphy, 41, pleaded guilty to murder Monday in Columbus and was sentenced to life in prison with the chance of parole.

He was convicted more than a decade ago of murder in the 1998 beating death of the 15-month-old daughter of his girlfriend.

The Georgia Supreme Court overturned the conviction.

Defense attorney Will Kirby says the new sentence will make Murphy eligible for parole in 14 years.

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