Guilty Plea In Cold Case Murder

This morning, forty four years old Johnny Ray Mewborne, walked into Lenoir County superior court to face a judge for a crime prosecutors say he committed in 1985. An inmate already serving life for being a repeat offender, Mewborne, plead guilty to robbing, raping and killing twenty seven year old Benita Murphy. She was a convenience store manager and mother of four. Thursday her grown children finally saw justice served. The family says the verdict is bittersweet. They lost their mother, but connected with other family members in the process.