DURHAM, N.C. — Matthew John Reed has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 71-year-old Durham priest Kent Hinkson.
Reed was originally charged with first-degree murder.
Hinkson’s body was found August 10, 2014 in a heavily wooded area of Eno River State Park about 15 miles from his home.
According search warrants in the case, Hinkson left his home the afternoon of Aug. 4 and told family he was going to visit a pharmacy and make a deposit at a Durham bank. That was the last time relatives saw him alive.
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