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Ky. woman pleads guilty to murder, faces life sentence for cutting baby out of womb

Kathy Coy of Morgantown, Ky., on April 19, 2011, in Bowling Green, Ky. AP Photo/The Daily News, Miranda Pederson

(CBS/AP) BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - 34-year-old Kathy Coy has pleaded guilty and now faces a life sentence for murdering a young pregnant woman and taking her baby from the womb last April.

At Friday's hearing, prosecutors said 21-year-old Jamie Stice was shocked with a stun gun before having her wrists and throat cut. Coy then cut Stice's baby from her womb and left the woman dead beside a rural dirt road.

Coy will be sentenced March 1. She faces life in prison without parole.

Jeannie and Eric Stice were among 35 relatives and friends of Jamie Stice who came to Warren County Court to witness Coy's plea.

"There's no justice that can be served," brother Eric Stice said, calling his sister's killer a monster. "The worst possible thing that they could do to her would not suffice the actions she committed. She took a beautiful, innocent young lady from a world of people who loved her, including an infant son."

Psychologist Eric Drogin testified briefly before the plea was entered, saying he met with Coy as recently as this week and that she suffers from a mental illness.

During a hearing in April, Kentucky State Police detective Chad Winn testified that Coy and Stice were Facebook friends and that Coy had lured the mother-to-be out of her home to shop for baby supplies. Stice's mutilated body was found off a dirt road on April 14, a day after she was seen leaving her home with Coy.

Police arrested Coy at a local hospital after she had arrived with the infant but showed no signs of having given birth.

Coy eventually led detectives to a wooded area off a dirt road, where Stice's remains were located.

Complete Coverage of Kathy Coy on Crimesider

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