Plea Agreement Not Accepted in Murder Case

A Pike County man charged with murder is not accepting a plea agreement because of a new federal indictment against him.

Arthur "Artie" Adkins of Ashcamp was going to take a plea deal Friday and a recommended 10-year sentence for charges related to the 2005 murder of Gregory Fleming.

However, a new federal indictment charges Adkins with possession of an unregistered machine gun.

His Public Defender now says a guilty plea in state court could be taken as an admission of guilt in a federal case.

Adkins charges in state court include murder, robbery, and tampering with evidence.

He is accused of shooting Fleming then burning his body.

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