NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The man accused of killing and decapitating a man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Henry Baxter pleaded guilty to second degree murder on Monday morning. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison to be served at 100 percent.
Police said Baxter got into an argument with the victim, 48-year-old Erman Thompson, over Thompson's wife Ashly. During the argument, Baxter shot Erman Thompson twice, and then used a shovel to decapitate him.
The decapitated body of Erman Thompson was discovered by a mail carrier in a field near his home on Claiborne Street on July 12, 2012. His head was found in the garbage can behind his home the following day.
Ashly Thompson was indicted in September on one count of being an accessory after the fact. She has pleaded not guilty.
The couple and Baxter lived together on Old Hermitage Avenue. Detectives believe that Ashly Thompson lied to them in the initial stages of the murder investigation and withheld information.