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(WMC-TV) - A Mississippi man will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of a Memphis police officer and his wife's ex-husband.
In court Tuesday, Alexander Haydel, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder for the July 2011 shooting and killing of MPD Officer Timothy Warren and Arthur Warren (no relation). Prosecutors would have sought the death penalty at trial. As part of the plea, the life sentences will run consecutive and a third charge of aggravated assault was dropped.
According to police, Haydel and his wife were visiting Memphis from Cleveland, Miss. over the weekend of July 4 , 2011. When they got into an argument on Beale Street, the ex-husband of Haydel's wife stepped in.
Haydel reportedly confronted Arthur Warren at the DoubleTree Hotel and shot him. Officer Timothy Warren was shot as he responded to the call.
Prosecutor Jennifer Nichols says both Warren families agree with this plea arrangement.
"This isn't a win for anybody," said Nichols. "They approached us with consecutive life sentence offers, and that's pretty rare."
Haydel remains locked up at 201 Poplar in downtown Memphis. He is expected to be transferred to state prison within the month.
"Probably at least six months ago we came to them with a proposal to settle it," said defense attorney Gerald Skahan. "He's always been greatly remorseful and sorry for it happening, and he wanted to do the right thing."
MPD Director Toney Armstrong says avoiding trial saves a lot of heartache for a lot of people.
"Our thoughts and prayers are going to always be with the family. We're just grateful that they didn't have to relive this whole event or this whole nightmare for them throughout a lengthy trial," said Armstrong.
Officer Warren's widow was in court but left without comment.