Trials and Arbitration

Last man in murder-for-hire pleads guilty

Last man in murder-for-hire pleads guilty

A James City County man avoided a capital murder charge and trial by pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit capital murder for his role in the bludgeoning death of a Seasons Trace woman.

Gregory A. Crawford, 26, reached a plea agreement Tuesday with prosecutors in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court. His capital murder trial was scheduled to start Wednesday, according to the clerk's office.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled Nov. 4, the office added.

Crawford was one of four people charged in the 2013 death of 42-year-old Dana Patterson Mackay. According to court documents, Mackay's husband and girlfriend plotted to kill her and hired two men to do...