Man pleads guilty to 1989 murder

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - A Campbell County man has pled guilty to a murder from 1989.

The trial for David Lee Smith, 49, was scheduled to begin Monday, but instead, Smith accepted a plea deal after the Commonwealth Attorney agreed to drop charges of complicity to commit murder.

Smith killed his brother-in-law, Steve Hafer, 20 years ago in Grant's Lick. He was charged with tampering with evidence and complicity to commit murder.

Court records claim Hafer was buried in a shallow grave along the Licking River. His body has never been found.

Smith faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 30.

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