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Keyser pleads guilty to murder

by Tom Chillemi

In a plea agreement Alvin Bernard Keyser pled guilty in Middlesex County Circuit Court on Wednesday, February 6, to second-degree murder and concealment of a dead body.

Keyser, 24, of Topping, pled guilty to strangling Terri Lynn St. John on February 27, 2018 in the driveway of her home on Mill Wharf Road in Wake, and then transporting her body about a mile and attempting to hide the body in a briar patch.

St. John was a 23-year-old mother of two young children under the ages of 3.

In court on February 6, Keyser’s attorney Amy Van Fossen stipulated to evidence that Middlesex County Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Hurd proffered would have been presented if the case had gone to trial.

Keyser made statements to Middlesex detectives indicating he murdered St. John. Keyser was arrested on March 1, 2018, and remains in jail.

Keyser knew St. John and had gone to her house to confront her about statements she had made. They got into his van and argued. He pushed her out of the door and she hit her head. He then strangled her.

Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Shaw accepted Keyser’s guilty plea to second degree murder and found him guilty.

Judge Shaw ordered a pre-sentencing report.

Sentencing is set for July 17, 2019, at 9 a.m.

The maximum sentence for second-degree murder is 40 years. Concealing a body carries a maximum of 5 years.

posted 02.07.2019

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