(CBS/AP) OLATHE, Kan. - Gerald Calbeck has pleaded guilty in the kidnapping and murder of Keighley Ann Alyea, a young Kansas woman whose battered body was found in rural western Missouri two years ago.
Twenty-year-old Calbeck, of Merriam, had been charged with first degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Alyea. He pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and other charges.
Prosecutors said Alyea was kidnapped by three men in Johnson County in September 2009, beaten, choked, and thrown in the trunk of her car. Alyea's body, with more than 30 stab wounds, was found a week later in a field in Missouri's Cass County.
Her ex-boyfriend, Dustin Halt of Shwanee, was sentenced in July to 69 years in prison - 50 years for the killing and 19 for robbery and kidnapping.
The Kansas City Star reports that a 23-year-old man is scheduled to go on trial in the case in April.