UPDATE: Dickenson County man takes plea in murder of live-in girlfriend

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A Dickenson County, Virginia, man charged earlier this year by police with the murder of his live-in girlfriend has pleaded guilty during a hearing in Circuit Court.

Charles Walter Reed, 53, of Clintwood, was originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of Crystal Stanley in February. The plea agreement called for Reed's charge to be reduced down to second-degree murder, according to court information obtained by News 5.

Investigators said Reed strangled Stanley then buried her body in the front yard of their property. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 4.