Man Pleads To Lesser Charges, Avoids Death Penalty In Greenville Double Murder

One of two men accused in a March 2012 double murder in Greenville has pleaded to reduced charges this morning, avoiding the death penalty.

Montrell Washington and Kuante Stanley were both charged in the shooting deaths of 29-year-old Shakeyta Woolard of Greenville and 27-year-old Keri Kenlaw of Washington. They were found in their Academy Drive home which had been ransacked.

Washington pleaded no contest to two counts of second degree murder and was sentenced to serve at least 43 years in state prison.

The man was originally charged with two counts each of first degree murder, first degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon. At the time prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty against Washington and Stanley.

Prosecutors says Kenlaw was shot in front of an opened safe. They told the judge three of the couple's four children were at home at the time.

Authorities and the family came up with a plea to avoid having the three children, all who are under 10 years old, to testify.

According to court records, Stanley has an August 5th court date on his charges.