Plea Agreements, One Rejection in Shoals Murder Case

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Three people charged in a 2011 murder in Lauderdale County reached plea deals Tuesday.

Jessica Nunley was in court first, at 8:30 a.m. but actually rejected her plea deal due to wording in the agreement.  Her attorneys say the wording will be modified and she will have another hearing soon. She is charged with capital murder in the death of 50-year-old David Lynn Pennington.

John Minton did plead guilty to hindering prosecution in his hearing at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Judge Gil Self did not accept the plea deal yet, though, pending plea deals by the other two suspects.  Minton’s sentencing is scheduled for February 7.

Tiffany Nunley appeared in court at 3 p.m. and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.  She will be sentenced to 16 and a half years under the agreement.  However, Judge Self has not accepted this plea yet, either.

Prosecutors say Tiffany Nunley entered Pennington’s house and stabbed him several times while Minton and Jessica Nunley sat in a car outside, waiting for more than an hour.

Minton told prosecutors he had driven Tiffany Nunley to Pennington’s home in the past, so she could swap sex for money and drugs.  Minton said Tiffany Nunley came out of the house about an hour after she went in, with blood all over her clothes.  Minton said she got in the car and told him to drive. Neither Jessica Nunley nor Minton tried to stop the getaway.

Prosecutors say Pennington’s family has accepted the plea agreements with the three suspects.