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Defendant pleads guilty in random slaying

August 3, 2008

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— A man accused of gunning down a bicyclist in a random 2005 shooting missed twice before ambushing the man and firing the fatal shot, a co-defendant in the slaying testified.

Rapheal Willis, 22, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and armed criminal action. He admitted that he and Fabian Brown Jr. killed 43-year-old Robert Osborn on Nov. 20, 2005.

Willis, who initially was charged with first-degree murder, is expected to testify at Brown's trial, which starts Sept. 29. Brown is charged with first-degree murder.

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