FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A 23-year-old Flagstaff woman faces between 10- and 25
years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the September
death of a 21-year-old Northern Arizona University student killed while riding
home on her bicycle.
The Arizona Daily Sun reports that Kelsey Lou Cody
pleaded guilty Monday in exchange for dismissal of charges of driving under the
influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
According to police, Jordan Mahoney was killed when struck by Cody’s speeding
pickup in a residential neighborhood.
Mahoney was from San Jose, Calif. She was an English and physiology double
major who would have graduated from NAU last month.
Cody had told investigators she was drinking to kill the pain from a recent
tongue piercing and initially claimed a friend was driving the truck and that
the victim jumped out in front of the vehicle.