Man Pleads Guilty in Va. Officer's Slaying

December 14, 2010

A prosecutor says he'll seek the death penalty for a man who pleaded guilty to killing a Virginia Beach undercover detective.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that 26-year-old Ted Vincent Carter pleaded guilty Tuesday to capital murder, robbery and two counts of use of a firearm in a felony.

Carter was accused of fatally shooting 37-year-old Detective Michael Smith Phillips at a Virginia Beach shopping center in August 2008. The shooting occurred during a drug sting.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 16. Commonwealths Attorney Harvey Bryant says he plans to ask a judge for the death penalty.

Co-defendant Marshall D. Moyd is scheduled to stand trial in April 2011 on robbery, first-degree murder, drug conspiracy and firearms charges.

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