St. Paul Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Ex-Girlfriend
A St. Paul man pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend. Thirty-two-year-old Corey Dean Thomas pled guilty to one count of murder in the second degree with intent in Ramsey County Court on Monday.
Police found the body of Megan Neely in a crawl space in her St. Paul apartment in October of 2011 after her sister requested a welfare check. The medical examiner said she had been strangled.
Thomas was arrested a couple days later in Miami after selling his car and buying a one-way ticket to Florida. He initially denied having anything to do with her death, telling investigators the two argued after she broke off their relationship and he hadn't seen her since.
DNA evidence recovered from Neeley's body eliminated 99.97 percent of the general population. Thomas was not among them.
He faces up to 33 years in prison. He will be sentenced in December.