Gadsden man pleads guilty to mother’s murder | Crime
A Gadsden man accused of killing his mother after fighting about money has pleaded guilty to her murder.
Justin Blaine Denson, from Reynolds Circle in Gadsden, pleaded guilty
Monday, Nov. 5 to the murder of Nita Gay Denson. He also pleaded guilty
to two charges of fraudulent use of a credit card.
The Etowah County District Attorney's Offic says Denson killed his
mother in December 2009 after the two had been fighting about money. The
investigation indicated that Justin Denton killed his mother after she
threatened to cut off his access to her credit cards and bank account.
investigating Nita Denson's death, detectives followed a trail of
purchases made on her debit and credit cards. It led them through
Florida, Louisiana, Nevada and Colorado before ending in Memphis,
Tennessee, where they found Justin Denson. He was arrested in January
2010. He was 33 at the time of his booking.
The D.A.'s office says according to a plea agreement between Nita
Denton's family, the state and Justin Denson, he will serve 119 years in
the state penitentiary. The agreement also calls for Denson to waive
all rights to appeal his convictions.
"This was a particularly bad crime where a child killed his own
mother. Hopefully the resolution of the case saved the family from the
emotional trauma of a trial, and hopefully, they would now be able to
have some closure in this matter," Chief Deputy District Attorney Marcus
Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp stated, "I am pleased
that we were able to bring this case to a successful resolution. This
was a horrible ordeal for the family of the victim having to deal with
the death of a family member and the prosecution of another. I
appreciate this family for their resolve and hope that, with the very
lengthy prison sentence and the waiver of any appeals, that this chapter
of their lives can be closed."
Denson will be formally sentenced on January 10, 2013.
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