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Davis pleas guilty to murdering Laurel teacher

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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The woman accused of murdering a Laurel teacher in 2008 changed her plea to guilty just 72 hours before the trial was scheduled to start.

Kenya Davis, 18, changed her plea of not guilty to guilty shortly before lunch on Friday. Davis admitted to murdering Rebecca Pruitt, who was a second-grade teacher at Mason Elementary.

Davis was murdered at her home during a robbery on Thanksgiving weekend of 2008.

Davis said she and her friend Ricky Gavin stabbed Pruitt several times for a flat-screen television and $30 dollars after Pruitt invited them into her home and fed them breakfast. They also stole the victim's vehicle.

Jones County District Attorney Tony Buckley said the guilty plea came as total shock.

Buckley said, "We were full-steam ahead ready for Monday, and this came at the last second. And I think it's because I had a water-tight case; we were ready to go forward and could not have done it without the police department."

Davis received a life sentence and will be eligible for parole at the age of 65. A trial date has not been set for Ricky Gavin.

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