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Man acquitted in Murray dorm fire pleads guilty to tampering

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - A man acquitted in a fatal Murray State University dormitory fire has pleaded guilty to charges of tampering with evidence in the case.

The Paducah Sun reports Jerry Walker Jr. entered his plea on Tuesday in a Calloway County courtroom.

A jury found Walker not guilty of arson, manslaughter, assault and wanton endangerment in the Sept. 18, 1998, fire that killed student Michael Minger of Niceville, Fla., and injured several others. The evidence charges are related to six anonymous letters written right after the blaze that attempted to place blame for it.

Defense attorney Dennis Null says his client admits he wrote the letters, but maintains he did not set the blaze.

Under the agreement, Walker won't serve jail time and his record will be expunged in five years.

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