SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A Rowan County woman has pleaded guilty to murder in a case from 2016 that was discovered when the partially burned body of the victim was found along the side of Leonard Road.
On Monday in Rowan County Superior Court, Stephanie Hall pleaded guilty to second degree murder, second degree arson and common law robbery in the 2016 killing of Amanda Smith.
Hall will be sentenced after she testifies in future hearings against Timothy Smith, the co-defendant in the case.
According to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, Amanda Smith's body was found along the 3000 block of Leonard Road around 6:30 a.m. on June 17 by a man driving by.
Officials said there was a small fire still burning around the body, which was also burned.
The woman, later identified through several tattoos, was confirmed to be 33-year-old Amanda Kay Smith. Smith's home, along the 200-block of Honeysuckle Lane, was also found burned on that same morning more than 12 miles from where her body was discovered.
Investigators say that fire was set.
During their investigation, deputies determined Smith was last seen with a man named Timothy Clarence Smith Jr. and Stephanie Hall. Both were named suspects in her murder and the arson at her home.
On June 20, detectives were notified that Smith and Hall had been located in Horry County, South Carolina, near Myrtle Beach.
Warrants were obtained for robbery, second degree arson, and first degree murder on both Hall and Smith.
The suspects were transferred from Horry County to Rowan County Tuesday to face the charges.