Two teenage girls have pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the murder of a taxi driver last year. Emily Starnes and Consandra Tyree, both 17, were charged with murder in connection with the stabbing death of taxi driver in Hickory, N.C., last year.
In August, 2011, cab driver Adam Williams was dispatched to the parking lot of a closed Fuddrucker’s restaurant, where he was attacked, robbed and stabbed to death. Police say the assailants killed Williams in order to obtain money and buy supplies to make methamphetamine. Two men, Camyron Johnson and Matthew Hopkins, both 23, are charged with murder and face the death penalty if convicted. A third man, Robert McElwee, 18, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder. Tyree and Starnes claimed they were waiting in the getaway vehicle and did not know a murder was going to take place.
As part of a plea deal, the girls have pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and accessory after the fact of murder. Murder charges against them have been dropped; formerly facing the prospect of life in prison, Starnes and Tyree now face about four years. In exchange for the plea, the girls have agreed to testify against Johnson and Hopkins, who are expected to go to trial next August.