By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man who said he slept with a shotgun and woke up to find a 3-year-old girl dead has pleaded guilty to murder.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Department Reports 2-Day Total Of 2,399 New Cases, 18 Additional Deaths
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office says Marlin Pritchard appeared in-person before a judge Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to one count of third degree murder and one firearms violation in connection with the shooting death of a toddler.
Chassity Clancy was found dead inside a home on E. Warrington Avenue in Beltzhoover last February. She was found to have a gunshot wound to her neck while lying in a bed.READ MORE: Giant Eagle Pharmacies Now Accepting Walk-Ins For COVID-19 Vaccinations
Pritchard told authorities he was sleeping next to Chassity and had a shotgun under his pillow, pointing in her direction. The gun went off, hitting the girl in the middle of the night and ultimately killing her.
Pritchard told investigators he slept with the gun because of threats from other people, authorities said. Investigators say he was not supposed to have a gun because he was convicted of felony charges in the past.MORE NEWS: Stacy Smith To Retire From KDKA-TV On May 30
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 17.