Life sentence for machete wielding murder suspect

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - At the Bay St. Louis police department, it was considered the "machete murder".  In 2009, William Terry Self was cut up with a machete.  Today, Christopher Smith pleaded guilty to the murder of his neighbor.

"This closes the book on one of the most gruesome murders ever documented in the City of Bay St. Louis," Police Chief Mike DeNardo said in a statement emailed to the media.  "The Criminal Investigation Division of the Bay St. Louis Police Department did an outstanding job in bringing this case to a successful conclusion and once Smith realized the weight of the evidence against him, decided to forgo a trial."

Self's charred remains were found in a burn pile behind a Bay St. Louis home.  Other parts of his body were found in Bayou LaCroix.  Investigators believe Mr. Self was killed by a machete.

The chief credited the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations for its assistance with the "machete murder" case.  "From the moment of his arrival, Lt. Stoll rendered any assistance requested of him and helped coordinate available resources so they were of maximum use," said the chief.  "He was also instrumental in obtaining Smith's confession and assisting with the recovery of the victim's remains that were thrown into Bayou LaCroix."

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