Central Indiana man pleads guilty to fatally stabbing, strangling 66-year-old sister-in-law

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ELWOOD, Indiana — A central Indiana man has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to fatally beating and stabbing his 66-year-old sister-in-law.

The Herald Bulletin reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1xvbryn ) that 68-year-old George Knotts of Elwood entered the plea in the slaying of Linda Speer of Elwood. Her daughter found the body July 8.

A probable cause affidavit says Speer had been choked with a pink scarf and stabbed 14 times with a sharp object.

Knotts' sentencing is set for March 30 in Madison Circuit Court 3. He could face a sentence of 45 to 65 years, but prosecutors are recommending 55 years.

Elwood is about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com

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