Suspect Pleads No Contest In Topeka West Murder

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Two weeks before his second trial was due to start, one of four people charged in a Topeka murder struck a deal.

Austin Tabor pleaded no contest Monday to killing 20-year-old Matthew Mitchell in October 2010 in a shooting on the Topeka West High School campus.

Tabor was convicted on reduced charges of second degree murder, attempted second degree murder, conspiracy to distribute a hallucinogenic drug within 100 feet of a school and within 1000 feet of a school.

Tabor's first trial ended in a mistrial when a newspaper reporter inadvertently tweeted a photo that showed a juror. A retrial was set to begin Oct. 9.

His sentencing is November 26th.

Two others - Samantha Carroll and Samantha Hochard - already entered pleas in the case. The trial for a fourth suspect, Coty Newman, is set to start November 27th.

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