Bobbie Jo Clary during her January 17, 2014 court appearance.
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Stacy Greive
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville woman will spend the next four decades in prison after pleading guilty to murder.
During January 17 court appearance before Judge Susan Schultz Gibson, Bobbie Jo Clary, 36, pled guilty to the October 29, 2011 murder of George Murphy.
Clary originally claimed self-defense. She said Murphy was raping her and she fought back, hitting him in the head with a hammer.
Clary also pleaded guilty to robbery and tampering with physical evidence. She was sentenced to 40 years on the murder charge, 20 years on the robbery charge and five years for evidence tampering.
I truly feel today that justice was served," said Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Stacy Greive, one of the prosecutors. "Quite often as a prosecutor we leave this courthouse feeling that justice has not been served, but today's result is truly a just result in this case."
The plea comes after a judge ruled Clary's same-sex partner would have to testify against her at her trial, which was scheduled to begin February 7. Had she not taken a plea, Clary would have been eligible for the death penalty if found guilty by a jury.