Man set to stand trial for Laurel County murder instead pleads guilty

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A man supposed to stand trial for the murder of a woman instead pleaded guilty in court Tuesday.

Police say Sean Messer, 34, stabbed and murdered Pamela Bobbitt, 25, to death last year in front of her children in Laurel County. Police say Bobbitt and Messer got into an argument before the stabbing.

The murder happened October 2012 at an apartment complex on South Laurel Road.

When police arrived, they saw a man take off from the apartment, but were not able to catch up to him.

Police found Bobbit with multiple stab wounds to her back, chest, jaw and wrist. Two young children were also inside. Bobbit was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"It doesn't make any sense," Bobbitt's sister, Ashely Parms, told WKYT last year. "My sister was a really good person, she didn't deserve this."

Parms was at the apartment the that night. She claims her sister was attempting to leave Messer.

"I came over to help her move out, but he got angry and said you will regret leaving me. Then he picked up a knife and started stabbing her."

Investigators say they later learned Messer had recently dropped off a car to be serviced at a local car dealership. They put officers in the area around the dealership. Officers say Messer returned to his car while they were watching, and arrested him.

We're told Messer and Bobbit were in a relationship, and had a one-year-old daughter together.

Messer who declined our request for an interview from the Laurel County Jail on a $250,000 bond is charged with murder and domestic violence.

His daughter, Miranda Messer, believes her dad was acting in self-defense.

"The stories going around about my dad are untrue," the 18-year-old explained in October 2012.

"Pam was the one who came at my dad with the knife, and he was the one trying to end the relationship last night, not the other way around," Messer said in her dad's defense.

She claims the relationship between her father and Pam was rocky at best, but she never expected the couple's problems would escalate to murder.

"It's horrible. I'm not condoning what my father did, if that's what he did," she said. "But he doesn't have a voice right now, and it's hard on both families right now."

Messer, 34, will now be sentenced on November 25th. The deal calls for a recommended sentence of 35 years.

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