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Man pleads guilty in 1976 Gloucester slaying

Posted by Your Town  October 8, 2013 12:37 PM

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LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A man charged in connection with a slaying at a Gloucester funeral home in 1976 has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The Gloucester Daily Times reports that Norman Pike pleaded guilty Monday in Lawrence Superior Court just moments before he was scheduled to face trial on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the fatal shooting of Eleanor Wadsworth at the Pike Funeral Home.

Prosecutors say the 55-year-old Pike — the grandson of the home’s owner who was 19 at the time — was one of three men who killed the home’s manager during a robbery.
One suspect died before facing trial. Another pleaded guilty to breaking and entering.

Pike was arrested in California in 2010. His lawyer has said he wasn’t involved.
Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday.

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