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Man Pleads Guilty In Slaying Of Culpeper Woman

April 11, 2007

An inmate implicated in a 1982 rape and murder of a Culpeper woman by DNA evidence, allowing another man to be freed from death row, pleaded guilty Wednesday to rape and capital murder.

Kenneth Tinsley admitted to raping 19-year-old Rebecca Lynn Williams in her apartment. Tinsley did not admit the he killed Williams but did concede that the commonwealth had enough evidence to convict.

Williams was stabbed to death. Under Tinsley's plea agreement he will serve two consecutive life terms. Tinsley was already serving two life sentences for rapes in Albemarle County.

Earl Washington was originally convicted for the crime. He spent 18 years in prison for the murder and came within nine days of execution before DNA evidence cleared him and implicated Tinsley.

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