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ISP Gun Report Prompts Plea Deal in Murder Deal

David Tackett pleaded guilty to lesser charges. He had been charged with murder.

Posted: Mar. 5, 2018 10:11 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A report on a gun connected to a woman's death greatly impacted the plea agreement prosecutors struck with the man who admitted to killing her.

David Tackett admitted to being involved in the death of his girlfriend, Kylee Tabor back in June of 2017. Indiana State Police analyzed Tackett's revolver, and they came up with some interesting discoveries.

Rob Roberts of the Vigo County Prosecutors office told News 10 that State Police concluded the weapon was altered to the point it would not always fire properly. On the flip side, the same analysis found the weapon could be discharged without pulling the trigger. These findings made proving a murder case to be more difficult. That's why both sides settled on Tackett pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter, a level one felony, as well as robbery.

Click here for the report. 

A judge sentenced Tackett to 18 years in prison, followed by 4 years probation. Tabor's family approved of the plea agreement, according to Roberts.

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