Detroit — A 73-year-old Detroit man accused in the dismemberment of a woman’s body panicked after she died of an apparent drug overdose and was trying to hide her body, his attorney said Tuesday, a day after his client agreed to a plea deal that avoided a life sentence.
“Sometimes the cover up is worse than the crime,” defense attorney Donald Cook told The Associated Press.
Alphonso Jackson was arrested on May 3, after police followed a trail of blood from a sidewalk to his home on Detroit’s east side. He was sitting in his kitchen when officers arrived. Remains of the still-unidentified woman were found in the tub. Remains also were found near a burned-out house.
During a court hearing on Monday, Jackson told a Wayne County judge that the woman died of an overdose. He also acknowledged that he had provided the money for her to get the drugs, Cook said.
“He panicked and tried to get rid of the body,” the lawyer said.
Jackson was charged with murder, concealing the death of an individual and tampering with evidence.
His trial was scheduled to start Monday, but he instead accepted a plea deal in in exchange for 10 years to 20 years in prison. Had he been convicted of murder, Jackson could have been sentenced to life in prison.
“He pleaded to everything. It’s too good a deal to pass up,” Cook said.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 29.