A 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty in Guilford County Superior Court Monday in the robbery and murder of an elderly man.
Baron Scott Womack of 1301 Ogden St. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery. He was originally charged with first-degree murder, but prosecutors reduced the charge in exchange for Womack's testimony against his co-defendant, Orlando Thomas. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Thomas, 19, of 221 Baker Drive. A judge will sentence Womack after he testifies. Thomas' trial date has not been set.Jasper Lee Lewis, 78, was found dead at the entrance of Hampton Homes at Eugene and South streets about 3 a.m. July 3, 1997. Lewis, of 938 Martin St., had been shot several times in the upper body.
Bill Wood, an assistant district attorney, told the court that Lewis was walking home from a card game when he was robbed by the two men. When Lewis gave them the $8 in his wallet, Thomas allegedly shot him, Wood said.
Womack, who was 15 at the time of the incident, was charged as an adult. He remains in the county's juvenile detention center.