LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A murder trial has come to an abrupt and unexpected end for a man accused of killing three adults and a girl during a bloody rampage at a Gwinnett County home in 2009.
Richard Ringold accepted a plea bargain Tuesday, moments before a 7-year-old girl who survived being shot was scheduled to testify against him.
Under terms of the plea deal, Ringold pleaded guilty to every crime in a 10-count indictment, allowing him to avoid the death penalty but spend life in prison. It brought Gwinnett County's first death penalty trial since 2005 to a close.
Ringold had earlier pleaded not guilty, claiming that he was playing video games with friends at the time of the killings.