Carteret County Woman Admits To Killing Great-Aunt


A woman this morning gets life in prison for killing her elderly great-aunt, while her mother has also pleaded guilty in the case.

Rhonda Hagan pleaded guilty to the September 2012 murder of 90-year-old Goldie Hall. The woman's body was found in a shallow grave several days after there was a fire at the victim's home and she was nowhere to be found.

Hall died from 11 different wounds to her head, with the cause of death listed as blunt force trauma.

WITN spoke to Hall's nephew after Tuesday's sentencing. Gary Gillikin said he was relieved.

"It's horrible. I'm glad it's over with," said Gillikin. "I hope nothing like this ever happens to anybody."

Prosecutors dropped a kidnapping charge against Hagan. She pleaded guilty to first degree murder, second degree arson, larceny from the person and conceal/fail to report a death.

Hagan's mother also pleaded guilty.

Phyllis Williams was indicted for accessory after the fact of murder, accessory after the fact of second degree arson, conceal/fail to report a death, and obstruction of justice.

Williams, who had agreed to testify against her daughter, pleaded guilty to all the charges expect for being an accessory after the fact of murder.

She was put on probation for 5 years, and must be on electronic monitoring for the first two years.


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