Washington state

PORT ANGELES: Man who admitted to strangling changes mind

The lawyer for a man who confessed to killing a 15-year-old girl in Port Angeles and pleaded guilty says he wants to change his plea back to not guilty.

Attorney Ralph Anderson said Robert Covarrubias was depressed last week when he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder with sexual motivation.

The Peninsula Daily News reports Clallam County Superior Court Judge George Wood will decide today whether to accept a changed plea.

The defense lawyer said Covarrubias was off his medication July 15 when he confessed to police that he strangled Melissa Leigh Carter in 2004.

The Associated Press