published Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Whitfield man pleads guilty to two murder charges, gets life (with video)

Sonny Neal
Sonny Neal
Misty Watson, The Daily Citizen

The Varnell, Ga., tanning salon owner Sonny Neal — charged in the butchering deaths of his wife and her grandfather — pleaded guilty today to murder charges in Whitfield County Superior Court.

Judge William Boyette sentenced Neal to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On May 24, 2012, Neal admitted he stabbed his wife Jessica Neal to death and beat her grandfather Don Shedd to death. He then led police on a week-long man hunt.

See tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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