Man pleads guilty but claims innocence

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(KSL News) A St. George man has pleaded guilty to murder but still claims he didn't do it.

Edgar G. Navarro said he was taking the advice of his lawyer and taking a plea deal in order to avoid a longer prison sentence if he was found guilty at trial.

The St. George Spectrum reports the judge in the case was reluctant to take the plea but did so when Navarro assured him it was what he wanted to do.

Navarro was accused of kidnapping and killing Mark Batin in January of 2007. He was charged with one count of first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to a lesser second-degree murder charge.

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