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Guilty plea entered in Middlesex murder

In a plea agreement filed in Middlesex County Circuit Court on Feb. 6, Alvin Bernard Keyser pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder and concealment of a dead body.

Keyser, 24, of Topping, pleaded guilty to strangling Terri Lynn St. John on Feb. 27, 2018 in the driveway of her home on Mill Wharf Road in Wake, and then transporting her body about a mile and attempting to hide the body in a briar patch.

St. John was a 23-year-old mother of two young children under the ages of 3. In court on Feb. 6, Keyser’s attorney Amy Van Fossen stipulated to evidence that Middlesex County Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Hurd proffered would have been presented if the case had gone to trial.

Keyser made statements to Middlesex detectives indicating he murdered St. John. Keyser was arrested on March 1, 2018, and remains in jail.

Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Shaw accepted Keyser’s guilty plea to second degree murder and found him guilty. Judge Shaw ordered a pre-sentencing r...

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