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Guilty plea in deaths of 2 Oconee County sisters

Apr 1, 2011 9:28:00 AM - thestate.com
A 25-year-old man charged in the deaths of two Oconee County sisters in attacks that also left one of their husbands in critical condition has agreed to a plea deal to avoid execution.

William Cannon Gresham pleaded guilty Thursday to murder, kidnapping and burglary.

Gresham faces a possible life sentence. Prosecutor Chrissy Adams asked the judge to delay sentencing until Gresham can testify against 22-year-old Shawn Owens.

Investigators say 68-year-old Jerry Corley was able to make it to a home last April and call 911. Deputies found 62-year-old Audrey Scull's body in woods about an hour later, and the body of her sister and Corley's wife, 66-year-old Eloise Corley, was at a home in Salem.

Investigators say the rampage appeared to have begun as a home invasion.