Baton Rouge Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty At Trial's Start

Gavel and scales of justice

A Baton Rouge murder trial is over before it really got underway.

As a prosecutor delivered an opening statement Wednesday in the case against Douglas Studeman, the defendant opted then and there to plead guilty as charged.

He admitted to the 2014 bludgeoning death of retired LSU athletics employee Chester Oakley who was then buried in his own backyard tomato garden.

Studeman, who pled guilty to second-degree murder, received a mandatory life sentence.

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