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Mesa man pleads guilty to helping hide a body

PHOENIX — A man accused of watching his teenage friend kill a woman last
year and helping him conceal the body has pleaded guilty to hindering

Maricopa County prosecutors say 18-year-old Christian Blakely entered into a
plea deal Friday and will serve supervised probation. He may also get jail time
when he’s sentenced at a later date.

Blakely has been in custody since October 2013 on suspicion of first-degree
murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and
concealing a body.

Prosecutors say Blakely was released Friday on electronic monitoring. He’s
agreed to testify against his friend, who’s a Mesa juvenile accused of killing
his mother.

Authorities believe the 36-year-old woman was choked and struck with a frying
pan and hammer. Her body was later found in a backyard shed.


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