Suspect in Hannibal killing pleads guilty, cooperates in case against other suspect

Friday, April 17, 2009 | 10:52 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES — One of the two men accused in the beating death of a Hannibal man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and agreed to cooperate in the case against the second suspect.

At a court hearing on Thursday, 22-year-old Nathan Stice pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and felonious restraint. Stice and David Ater, 23, were originally charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping in the August death of 45-year-old Rodney Wood.

Ater's trial is scheduled to begin in September in St. Charles on a change of venue.

Stice said he and Ater were drunk and walked in front of Wood's moped. He says that when Wood confronted them, Stice and Ater attacked Wood.

Stice faces sentencing June 11.

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