UPDATE: Steven Kelley pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge of Second Degree Murder and was sentenced to 18 years. His charge of Especially Aggravated Robbery was dismissed.

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Kelley’s co-defendant is Jordan Craig. Her next court date is set for Oct. 26 on charges of Felony Murder and Especially Aggravated Robbery.

PREVIOUS STORY: Two murder suspects faced a judge Wednesday morning in a case that's been going on for nearly a year. 

Jordan Craig and her boyfriend Steven Kelley are charged with first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery in the November 2014 death of Kenneth Johnson.

Wednesday the judge set a new court date for September 23rd.  Johnson was found beaten to death in an East Chattanooga ditch last year. 

Police say they linked text messages on the victim's phone to the suspects.