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Woman pleads to 3rd-degree murder in Pa. slaying

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania woman has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the shooting death of her ex-husband almost two years ago, which she initially contended was self-defense.

PennLive.com (http://bit.ly/1piDsFz ) reports that 49-year-old Gina Anne Murphy of Williamstown entered the plea Thursday in Dauphin County Court.

State police alleged that she shot 52-year-old Daniel Murphy in August 2012 to obtain sole ownership of the home they shared and then placed a steak knife beside his body.

First Assistant District Attorney Fran Chardo said Murphy has no sentencing deal in the open plea to charges of 3rd-degree murder, evidence-tampering and making false statements. He said the victim's family was consulted before the decision to accept the plea.

Defense attorney Jerry Russo declined comment pending sentencing scheduled for January.

Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com

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