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Man pleads guilty to 2011 murder of child in Elmore Co.

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One of the 18 bullet holes in the house where Kenyatta Kendrick was killed. One of the 18 bullet holes in the house where Kenyatta Kendrick was killed.
WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -

One of the suspects in the January 2011 murder of a 6-year-old girl pleaded guilty to her death Thursday. Bernard Nix, 20, entered his plea before a judge nearly two years after Kenyatta Kendrick, an Electic native, was gunned down.

Elmore County Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds heard Nix's plea of guilt and ordered a sentencing date for January 2014. Nix's co-defendant, Stalandus Slaughter, is set to go to trial on December 16, 2013.

A third suspect was arrested in connection with the homicide. Aaron McDowell pleaded guilty to one count of assault in the first degree and one count murder back on August 1, 2013. As part of his plea deal, McDowell will serve 20 years for murder and 10 years for assault to run concurrently. He will also have to testify in other cases if called by the State.

Kendrick was shot to death on January 4, 2011 when around 3 a.m. someone fired 18 rounds from a high-powered rifle at the girl's house. Five people were inside the home at the time of the shooting. Injured in the shooting was the girl's uncle, though he survived. The child was not as fortunate. She was fatally wounded when one of the bullets hit her in the back as she slept.

Investigators determined the motive to be connected to some sort of feud going on with the suspects and a 15-year old relative of the Kendrick family dating back in the previous summer.

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