At least three of the four people charged with murder in the 2012 slaying of Macon legal secretary Gail Spencer are expected to plead guilty in the murder-embezzlement scheme, according to a source familiar with the case.
The plea hearings initially were scheduled for Thursday, but were rescheduled due to a defense attorneys illness. A date has not been announced.
Prosecutors have filed notices that they plan to seek the death penalty against Tracy Michelle Jones, 39, and her then-boyfriend Michael Brett Kelly, 19. Both are charged with murder. Kellys half-sister, 24-year-old Courtney Nicole Kelly, and 23-year-old Keith Anthony Dozier also are charged with murder in the case.
Michael Kelly and Dozier allegedly held Spencer at her Stinsonville Road home Oct. 5, 2012, while Jones transferred $1.3 million from accounts at Macons Pinkston & Associates law firm in an embezzlement scheme. Jones and Spencer worked at the law firm at the time of Spencers death.
Michael Kelly allegedly forced Spencer to perform a sex act before she was suffocated with a plastic bag.
Lawyers have confirmed the Kelly siblings were scheduled to enter guilty pleas.
An attorney representing Jones declined comment Wednesday. Attempts to reach Doziers lawyer for comment were unsuccessful.
Prosecutors provided each of the suspects with a copy of the evidence against them this summer.
Included in the more than 160 items were videos taken at a Best Buy, Walgreens, Lowes, Kroger and Marriott hotel in Warner Robins and from the Wal-Mart on Harrison Road in Macon; bank records; a voice mail left at Pinkston & Associates; various police reports; interviews; and crime scene photos.
Also included were passport documents for Jones and the Kelly siblings.
One of Michael Kellys friends told The Telegraph last year that Kelly had talked about moving to Canada and had offered him the chance to come along.
Michael Kelly pleaded guilty in May to murder, aggravated sodomy, aggravated assault, burglary, false imprisonment and theft as part of a plea deal to avoid the death penalty. Prosecutors had offered him a life without parole sentence in exchange for his plea and an agreement to testify in proceedings against Jones, Dozier and his half-sister.
The judge said he would sentence Kelly after his testimony in the other cases, but Kelly took back his plea June 24, saying he felt rushed into a guilty plea and was fearful for his life.
The Macon lawyer who represented Kelly at the time has said Kelly also feared being viewed by other inmates as a snitch.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.