Kevin Day in court for change of plea

Kevin Lee Day Rodger James Ockerman, Jr.
By: 
LESLIE MIELKE
Staff Writer

Kevin Lee Day, who testified against Melonie Smith last week during her murder trial, was in court on Wednesday for a change of plea hearing.
Appearing before Seventh Judicial District Magistrate Judge Darren Simpson, Day pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon enhancement. He will be sentenced at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18.
In the plea agreement, the state agreed to recommend five years fixed and 20 years indeterminate if Day testified truthfully at Smith's murder trial that took place last week, Oct. 2-7. A jury found Smith guilty of first degree murder and destruction of evidence.
Rodger James Ockerman Jr. also was in court on Wednesday for being principal to battery on a police officer. In the plea agreement, Ockerman would be sentenced to concurrent sentences for the battery on a police with the burglary charge. The burglary took place in February 2017.
To read the full story, read it in the Thursday, Oct. 12, edition of the Morning News.

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