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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Va. judge denies attempt to withdraw plea in child’s death

ROANOKE, Va. — A Roanoke man has lost a bid to withdraw his no-contest plea to second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of his 2-year-old stepson.

Media outlets report that Roanoke Circuit Court Judge Clifford Weckstein denied 25-year-old Brandon Lockett’s motion Tuesday.

Weckstein ruled that Lockett was competently represented by his defense team and he had been made aware of the ramifications of his initial plea.

Lockett entered his plea in August. His wife, Morgan Lockett, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and child abuse and neglect in October.

Her son, Aveion Lewis, was reported missing in January 2010. The child’s body was found wrapped in plastic and tape in a landfill two weeks later. The cause of death wasn’t determined.

Both defendants face up to 50 years in prison.

By the Associated Press  |  08:57 AM ET, 11/30/2011

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