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Man who admitted to North Carolina murders, back in Sullivan County Jail

A grown man admits to a double murder three decades later but will he go to trial? Eric Begley was behind bars at the Sullivan County Jail when he made a shocking confession.

Posted: Sep. 30, 2017 2:08 AM
Updated: Sep. 30, 2017 2:08 AM

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - A man admitted to a double murder three decades later, but will he go to trial?

Eric Begley was behind bars at the Sullivan County Jail when he made a shocking confession. In July, he admitted to killing an elderly couple inside their Asheville, North Carolina home.

Begley was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Cleve McMahan, 79, and his wife Allene McMahan, 75. They were killed in their house on Rockhill Place on Dec. 11, 1989.

Begley was just 14-years-old at the time. Now, the statute of limitations is being called into question.

News 10 previously reported Begley was extradited to North Carolina. However, he is currently in the Sullivan County Jail.

Prosecutor John Springer confirmed to News 10's Lindsey Yates, Begley was brought back to the Wabash Valley on a felony armed robbery charge. He is accused of robbing the Country Porch gas station in March.

Why was Begley released from North Carolina custody? News 10 is still working to find out if the murder charges have been dropped.

It's possible the case remains in juvenile court. Those records are sealed.

Begley is set for a jury trial on Nov. 14 in connection with his Sullivan County charges. If convicted, he faces up to 16 years behind bars for the armed robbery charge.

This is a complicated case with lots of layers. News 10 continues to work with both Sullivan County and North Carolina authorities.

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