Woman pleads guilty to murder in father’s death

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A 32-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to a murder charge in the death of her 71-year-old father.

Davenport pleaded guilty Monday to the 2011 death of her father, Jimmy
Davenport of Dallas County. Davenport's body was never recovered.
Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins sentenced the woman to 25 years in prison.

County District Attorney Michael Jackson said Davenport gave Dallas
County Sheriff's Department officials a statement saying she had caused
the death of her father by hitting him with a hatchet and repeatedly
stabbing him with a knife.

A man described by authorities as
Davenport's boyfriend, Joseph Howell, has pleaded guilty to a charge of
abuse of a corpse. He has not been sentenced.

Natasha Davenport's attorney, Heather Boone, said she felt the sentence “was fair.”

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