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UPDATE: Shaffer Pleads Guilty to Murder of Lisa Spinks
DAYTON -- The death penalty is now off the table for a Miamisburg man who pleaded guilty Monday in court to murdering Lisa Spinks. Shaffer reached a plea agreement with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty.
Prosecutors said Jamie Shaffer strangled Lisa Spinks on September 24, 2011. They said Shaffer and his friend, Joshua Sellers, then took turns stabbing the 20-year-old Spinks in the neck. They put brush over her body and placed her on railroad tracks in Miamisburg. A train severed Lisa's body in half.
Prosecutors said Spinks was mentally retarded and Shaffer used Lisa for sex. Prosecutors said Lisa fell in love with Shaffer and wanted a relationship. They said Shaffer became annoyed with Lisa's texts and calls, and he and Sellers decided to lure Lisa to a creek bed where they killed her.
With his plea deal, Shaffer will receive a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, and will be required to testify against Sellers in a trial scheduled for August. Shaffer will officially be sentenced after Seller's trial.
Lisa Spinks' family was in the courtroom but declined to comment on camera. One family member, who didn't want to be identified, said "Neither one of them deserves to live for what they did to Lisa."
DAYTON -- Jamie Shaffer has pleaded guilty this morning to the murder of Lisa Spinks, his ex-girlfriend.
Shaffer and his friend, Josh Sellars, are accused in the September 2011 stabbing death of Spinks.
Spinks had been stabbed repeatedly in the neck and then left on railroad tracks. Her body was struck by at least two trains.
Shaffer avoids the possibility of the death penalty with this plea deal.
A panel of judges will decide Shaffers' fate today. As part of the deal, Shaffer has agreed to testify in the trial against Sellars.
We'll bring you the latest on this developing story right here and tonight on ABC 22 News at 6 and FOX 45 News at 6:30.
Death Penalty Trial Begins for Man Charged in Lisa Spinks' Murder
MIAMISBURG -- The death penalty trial for one of two men charged in the stabbing death of Lisa Spinks begins Monday morning.
Jamie Shaffer is charged with aggravated murder in connection to Spinks' murder.
Police say Shaffer and another man stabbed the 20 year old multiple times. Officers say they then laid her body on train tracks, where she was run over by at least two trains.
It happened in September 2011. Prosecutors are calling it the worst murder they've ever investigated.
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