Mo. man agrees to testify in Ohio drifter's death

AP News
Posted: Oct 14, 2010 6:24 PM
Mo. man agrees to testify in Ohio drifter's death

A plea agreement shows a northeast Missouri trucker's son who admitted to participating in the killing of an Ohio drifter has agreed to cooperate with authorities and testify as needed.

The Associated Press on Thursday obtained a copy of what Chad Michael Harvey agreed to when he pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in the killing of James William Boyd McNeely. The frozen corpse of the 20-year-old was found Dec. 22 in the refrigerated compartment of Harvey's father's rig.

Harvey's father, stepmother and two younger brothers are also charged with murder. The father has said McNeely hurt his family.

Harvey also pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping and abandonment of a corpse. The plea agreement shows prosecutors have agreed to dismiss a charge of armed criminal action.