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Man pleads guilty to killing his great aunt, implicates his mom in court statements

Patricia Swink (Photo proivded to WBTV) Patricia Swink (Photo proivded to WBTV)
Micky Swink Micky Swink
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Micky Swink in court Wednesday (Steve Ohnesorge/WBTV) Micky Swink in court Wednesday (Steve Ohnesorge/WBTV)
NEWTON, NC (WBTV) -

It has been less than a year since Patricia Swink was found brutally murdered in her Hickory home. She was found on the floor inside her home in the 2000 block of 9th Avenue NE on November 1 with stab wounds and was beaten.

Patricia Swink's niece, 50-year-old Tina Louise Swink, and that woman's son, 34-year-old Micky Lee Swink, were charged in the case. 

Earlier this year, the district attorney decided that Micky Swink could receive the death penalty, even though Tina Swink would not face the death penalty as a possible punishment.

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On Wednesday, Micky Swink pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and accepted a life sentence without parole. Micky Swink's attorney Vicki Jayne said he's suffered from mental health issues throughout his life at the hands of his own mother.

Jayne said Micky Swink barely knew Patricia Swink but went along on with the murder and robbery.

Tina Swink lived with Patricia Swink for a time but was "kicked out over drugs," according to Jayne. Jayne blames Tina Swink for instigating the crime.

"If not for his mother this would never have happened," Jayne told the court.

District Attorney David Learner read from police reports which included statements from investigators said came from Micky Swink. Learner told the court that Micky Swink said, according to statements, that he wielded the knife that killed Patricia Swink and then kicked her body to make sure she was dead.

As Tina Swink and her son allegedly stepped over Patricia Swink's body, Tina Swink reportedly "spit on the victim as she lay on the floor," according to Learner. 

Patricia Swink's family members did not speak in court and did not comment afterwords.

When given a chance to speak, Micky Swink said, "I'm deeply sorry for the actions I have committed and not a moment has went by that I haven't wished I could go back and change that moment."

The DA said the arrangement was "an appropriate outcome for this case." 

The DA would not comment further because of the ongoing case involving Micky Swink's mother, Tina Swink, who is still behind bars without bond. Tina Swink's next court date is expected to be held October 2.

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