Accidental Homicide Plea

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Wichita man avoided a second trial by reaching a plea agreement in the shooting death of his accomplice during a home robbery.

Terrell Cole, 32, pleaded guilty last week to involuntary manslaughter in the January 2011 death of Andre Lovett. He had been scheduled to go on trial July 29 for first-degree murder.

Wichita police say Cole and Lovett were trying to rob a home when Cole fired a shot at one of the victims as he ran from the scene. The bullet hit Lovett, who died the next day.

The Wichita Eagle reports the jury in Cole’s first trial split in favor of acquitting Cole on several charges, including murder, but convicted him of tampering with electronic monitoring equipment.