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Tue December 18, 2012

Man Charged in 5 Killings to Plead Guilty

A New Orleans man charged with having a role in five killings, including the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer, has agreed to plead guilty in the case.

Robert Toale, one of Steven Earl Hardrick's attorneys, said his client has a plea agreement with prosecutors but wouldn't elaborate on specifics of the plea. Hardrick is scheduled to plead guilty on Thursday.

In October 2007, Hardrick and others allegedly broke into the home of New Orleans Police Detective Thelonius Dukes and demanded money and cocaine before shooting him. Dukes died later.

The indictment also charges Hardrick with participating in the October 2007 carjacking and killings of Brett Jacobs, David Alford and Howard Pickens. He's also charged in the death of Dwayne Landry, who was killed earlier the same month.

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