Billy Dean Battenfield Pleads Guiltyon September 5, 2012 in Serial Killers by Brian Combs
Billy Dean Battenfield, already convicted of three murders, has pleaded guilty to a fourth murder. Retired social worker Clair Owen Pollard was stabbed multiple times and beaten severely before he died last November.
Battenfield’s statement indicated that he helped an accomplice, Brandon Reed, in the killing, but denied that he was the aggressor. Reed testified against Battenfield in July, giving a conflicting account of that night.
The plea was part of an agreement to avoid the death penalty. Battenfield was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
District Attorney Greg Mashburn said:
I’m satisfied with the outcome and I know he’s going to be locked up and die in prison. It’s just not going to be as soon as we’d all like for it to happen.