Man pleads guilty in middle of Pitt County murder trial

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - A man pled guilty this morning in the middle of his murder trial.

Kenquonis McKenzie was on trial for the drive-by shooting death of Karen Speight that happened back in 2016.

The Greenville woman was inside her Concord Drive apartment when police say McKenzie opened fire on her building.

On the second day of his trial, the man decided to plead guilty to second-degree murder.

As part of the plea agreement with prosecutors, McKenzie was sentenced to prison for between 21 and 26 years.

Prosecutors told the judge that Speight was not the intended target and that 12 shots were fired. The woman was struck in the head by one of those bullets.

Police used surveillance video to help them identify McKenzie.

McKenzie apologized to the victim's family but asked them not to judge him because he did not mean to kill her. He told the family that he was a "great guy".