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.