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Man pleads guilty to depraved heart murder

Ricky D. Otts of Aberdeen
Ricky D. Otts of Aberdeen
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Updated: 8/22/2014 4:11 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Monroe County man has pleaded guilty to depraved heart murder.

Ricky Dale Otts, 34, of Aberdeen entered the guilty plea during a hearing in Lee County Circuit Court Friday.

Otts was charged in the death of Douglas Howell Thompson, 53, of Hamilton.

Deputies were called to a home on Stovall Crossing Road on May 27, 2011, and found Thompson dead.

Investigators say Thompson and Otts had a physical altercation the night before and Thompson died of blunt force trauma.

Otts was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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