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Soddy Daisy murder suspect pleads guilty, sentenced

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A Soddy Daisy man pleaded guilty Thursday to the 2012 murder of Casey Burgiss.

Keith Stewart pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery. As part of the plea deal, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

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The lead detective in the case testified Stewart was paid $240 to lure Burgiss to the Devil's Pocket, a cave behind Stewart's home.

Medical examiners say Burgiss died of gun shot wounds to the head and was left for dead in a cave on Montlake Mountain.

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Stewart told police he and two other men had plans to rob Burgiss and that another man shot him.

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Detectives say they questioned Stewart a month after Burgiss went missing, but he denied any role in the robbery that led to Burgiss' murder, and changed his story multiple times, before finally leading officers to Burgiss' body.

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