The fifth of five defendants charged in a triple murder in Topeka pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges related to the case.
Shane Andrew Mays, 22, entered the pleas to attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery, WIBW reported.
19-year-old Matthew Leavitt, 38-year-old Nicole Fisher, and 20-year-old Luke Davis, all of Topeka, were strangled or smothered to death with trash bags in March 2017 at a Topeka home. Police said they were killed after an unproven rape allegation against Leavitt.
Mays originally was charged with two counts of premeditated first-degree murder in the deaths of Fisher and Leavitt, his best friend.
Mays and Leavitt went to the home after being asked to give Fisher a ride home.
Two armed men ordered the two inside, where they and Fisher were zip-tied and threatened. Davis arrived at the house seeking a ride home and was also restrained, Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Dunbar said Thursday.
Mays was asked to help kill Fisher, Leavitt and Davis in exchange for his life, Dunbar said. Davis and Fisher were killed and Mays put a bag over Leavitt’s head and hit him repeatedly until another man strangled him.
Mays was allowed to leave and walked to the police station, where he reported the deaths.
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