18-year-old pleads guilty to murdering 9-year-old adopted sister - WSMV News 4

18-year-old pleads guilty to murdering 9-year-old adopted sister

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There's a dramatic end to the case of a 9-year-old girl found beaten and dumped in a field. 18-year-old Garrett Dye admitted in court he bludgeoned his adopted sister to death.

"Mr. Dye, to the charge of murder, how do you plead?" asked Todd County Circuit Court Judge Tyler Gill.

"Guilty," replied Dye.

"I know that most people, the way they look at him now is that he might be a child killer," said friend of Dye, Conner Atchison. "I don't know if he is or not. I wish him the best. I don't want to see him sent off." 

"How did you formulate the intention to kill her?" asked Judge Gill.

"I do not know," answered Dye.

Last February, police charged Dye with using a hydraulic jack handle to beat 9-year-old Amy Dye to death. The child's body was found only 100 yards from the family's Dogwood Rd. home in Trenton. Dye was charged with 1st degree murder, resisting arrest, and tampering with evidence.

"They showed Garrett's picture on TV and I was like, 'it can't be'," said Atchison.  

"Amy and I were out working on the driveway as punishment from dad," said Dye, speaking in front of the court. "We had taken a break. I went to the storage unit and got a jack handle with the intentions of hitting her. After I started, I didn't stop until she died."

At a final sentencing to be held next month, Judge Gill said Dye will likely be sentenced to 50 years with an eligibility of parole in 20 years.

"Now he ain't got no future," said Atchison. "He might not be coming back. I might not get to see my friend no more."

The final sentencing is being scheduled for Nov. 16. Dye's attorney said he'll be filing an appeal after that sentencing in reference to whether Dye's confession was voluntary or coerced. 

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