SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A Spencer man has pleaded guilty to the murder of his former wife. Rodney Roberto Wallace was charged in June for the murder of his ex-wife, Toney Ann Johnson.
Wallace was charged with first degree murder and two counts of probation violation.
On Monday Wallace pleaded guilty in Superior Court in Rowan County as part of a plea agreement. In exchange, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty in the case.
Wallace will spend life in prison without parole.
The search for Wallace began after the body of his ex-wife, Toney Ann Johnson, was found between two homes on the 700 block of 4th Street in Spencer around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, according to the Spencer Police Department.
The couple was married until their divorce in January, according to court records.
A neighbor says he heard a woman outside screaming around 8:45 a.m. on the morning of the murder.
The Spencer Police Department, Rowan County Sheriff's Office and State Bureau of Investigation all responded to the scene, and detectives went door to door talking to neighbors.
Police confirmed that there was violence before the day of the murder between Johnson and Wallace, and that Johnson had sought help.
Wallace was arrested in Wrightsville Beach.