(WIS) – A Lexington County man has entered a guilty plea in the case of a 2011 murder, just days before his trial was scheduled to start.
Jamey Mallette, one of two men charged with the murder of 22-year-old Michael Jody George, entered the plea in Lexington County court Friday. He was charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with George’s disappearance and death.
Mallette pleaded guilty to charges of murder, kidnapping and assault in connection with George’s death. Mallette will be sentenced to 30 years without opportunity for appeal.
William Thomas Embree, Jr. was first charged in connection with George’s disappearance, in December 2012. Months later, investigators arrested Mallette.
George was reported missing on December 25, 2011 after family members found his vehicle parked on Beckman Road. Almost two years later, investigators found his body in a wooded area of Busbee Road near Gaston.
According to the arrest warrants, Mallette and Embree kidnapped George from a Cayce bar and took him to Mallette’s home on Busbee Road.
Prosecutors revealed Friday the motive for George’s murder was jealousy over a romantic relationship. The prosecution says George’s blood was found in Mallette’s vehicle and home and that George died from a head injury caused by a beating.
The trial for Mallette and Embree was scheduled to begin Monday, March 30.