A Darke County man pleaded guilty to murder in Darke County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday morning. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided, with Darke County Assistant Prosecutor James Bennett and Hill’s attorneys Randall Breaden and David Rohrer present.
Lawrence M. Hill, 56, of Greenville, pleaded guilty to count one of aggravated murder, an unclassified felony. He faces up to life in prison. As a part of the plea, count two of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, was dismissed.
Hill’s son, 31-year-old Vincent Hill, was found dead by his mother on Friday, Nov. 13 with multiple gunshot wounds at his home on state Route 502 outside of Greenville.
His mother called 911 and reported that her son had shot himself. Deputies later determined it was a homicide, according to an affidavit.
Authorities later learned that Hill and his son did not get along. According to the document, on Thursday Nov. 5, Hill told his ex-wife that he was going to kill her and their son.
Hill was indicted with the murder of his son on Monday, Nov. 16. Hill’s bond of $250,000 was continued. His sentencing date is yet to be determined, however, the court stated it should be within a week.
You can stream all Darke County Common Pleas Court hearings on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/commonpleas