Levi King Trial: defendant shocks court with guilty plea

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Lubbock, TX - The man accused of murdering a Pampa family pleads guilty to all charges. Even prosecuting District Attorney Lynn Switzer seemed surprised this morning when Levi King pleaded guilty to three count of capital murder. She says she still intends to seek the death penalty.

The jury heard from several witnesses, including the 911 dispatcher who took the original 911 phone call and several Gray County deputies who responded to that 911 phone call in the early morning hours on September 30, 2005.

The caller was the only survivor of the shooting. She was just ten years old at the time. The prosecution played the audio tape of the 911 call for the jury. It was extremely emotional. The little girl, Robin Doan, kept saying she didn't know what to do and she was scared.  She said she thinks her family has been shot and she repeatedly asked to talk to her mom.

Crime scene photos and crime scene video was also shown to the jury. Many of the photos and video clips were graphic, up close shots of the victims, which forced many of the victim's family members to leave the room because they were too distraught. King's demeanor ranged from calm in the morning to stoic and emotionless during the 911 phone call tape, and then he
started to smirk and even laugh and joke with his attorneys as the afternoon progressed.

The jury will have to decide whether King should spend the rest of his life in prison without parole or if he should get the death penalty. The trial is set to resume Friday morning at 8AM.