Michael Marshall Pleads Guilty to 2011 Shooting Death of Antonio Headspeth

Michael Marshall pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting of Antonio Headspeth. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of first-degree premeditated murder while armed and five related gun charges.

The maximum sentence for second-degree murder is 40 years in prison, but Marshall’s plea recommends a sentence between 12 and 16 years in prison.

Assistant US Attorney Lara Worm told the court that Marshall approached Headspeth at the 1100 block of Stevens Road Southeast on October 17, 2011 at about 1:30 a.m. and shot at least 13 times at Headspeth. Then, Marshall fled the scene.

According to the proffer of facts, police found the murder weapon at Marshall’s girlfriend’s grandmother’s house and matched it to the gun that shot and killed Headspeth, said Worm.

Headspeth was found dead by police lying against a chained link fence with multiple gunshot wounds.

Marshall was identified by a witness near the shooting and another witness described Marshall’s attempt to remove and dispose of the gun, according to charging documents.

Winston asked if Marshall was pleading guilty because he had actually committed the crime, to which Marshall responded in a low, quiet voice, “Yes Your Honor.”

Sentencing is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on June 20.

Correction April 16: This story has corrected Marshall’s name in the last paragraph.

Plea documents have been added to this post.

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