88-year-old rejects plea deal, will go to trial for girlfriend’s murder
GASTONIA, N.C. — An 88-year-old Gastonia man will go to trial in his girlfriend’s murder after he turned down a plea deal Tuesday.
Charles Venn pleaded not guilty to murdering Vivian Schronce last Mother’s Day.
Venn could have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, but rejected the deal Tuesday in court.
Venn admitted he shot Schronce, but said it was an accident.