LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In a surprise move, Cecil Eugene New II, the man accused of killing 4-year-old Ivan Cano and dumping his body in a garbage can 2007, has pleaded guilty.
In an unscheduled hearing Thursday afternoon, defense lawyers asked the judge to reconsider her previous ruling that refused to move the trial out of Louisville. She refused, so on the eve of jury selection in the case, New changed his plea.
New, a convicted sex offender, plead guilty to all charges he was facing, including kidnapping, murder, and tampering with evidence and unlawful transaction with a minor. He is still eligible for the death penalty.
Now, however, instead of a jury deciding his sentence, it will be up to Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman. Attorneys will be back in court October 25th to get a date for sentencing.
Once Judge McDonald-Burkman officially signs the plea deal into the record, all evidence relating to the case can be unsealed.
Ivan disappeared from his home near Churchill Downs on June 29, 2007. His body was found on the morning of July 7, 2007 by Metro Sanitation workers in the back of their garbage truck while compacting trash they had just collected the area of Fourth Street and Central Avenue. The area where they were collecting is close to New's apartment and the Cano's apartment.
New was arrested in December 2007 and has been held on a $1 million full cash bond since. His trial was slated to start Friday.
In a statement released by spokesperson Alicia Smiley, Louisville Metro Police said about New's plea, "We are satisfied with the plea and we will withhold comments until after the sentencing hearing. We are glad this will bring closure to the Cano family and the community."