Defendant pleads guilty to 2009 murder of TSU worker

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 6:16pm
Staff reports

Jarod Marges Phillips Wednesday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2009 killing of a Tennessee State University poultry plant manager.

Phillips also received a sentence of 32 years for the stabbing death of Nathaniel Adefope, according to a spokeswoman with the district attorney’s office. Phillips originally pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery charges in January 2010.

Adefope, 60, was found dead inside a storage building at the school's poultry plant on Sept. 8, 2009. Police arrested Phillips two weeks later and used DNA evidence to link Phillips to the murder after he was found to have a laceration on his hand.