Ex-fugitive Freshwater pleads guilty to '66 murder

By Adrian Sainz/The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A woman who was a fugitive for 32 years and facing retrial for murder in Memphis has pleaded guilty, and her attorney expects she will be released soon.

Lawyer Stephen Ross said Margo Freshwater entered a “best interest” guilty plea Friday in the 1966 shooting death of a liquor store clerk. Ross says he expects Freshwater to be out of prison within days.

Freshwater, who was 18 and having an affair with a much older lawyer at the time of the crime, was convicted of first-degree murder in 1969 and sentenced to 99 years. One year later, she escaped from Tennessee Prison for Women.

She returned to prison in 2002 after she was found living quietly in Columbus, Ohio, under the name of Tonya McCartor with a husband, three children and a grandchild.