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Man Charged with Murdering 4 Reverses Plea to Guilty

Richard Ringold was on trial for killing four people at a Lawrenceville, Ga. home in 2009.

Just before a 7 year old survivor was set to testify in a murder trial, the man accused of killing four people in a Lawrenceville home changed his plea to guilty.

According to CBS Atlanta, Richard Ringold reversed his plea mid-trial Tuesday. He is charged with the murders of Atania Butler, her 11 year old daughter and two of Butler's friends at Butler's home in August 2009. 

Ringold will avoid the death penalty, and Butler's 7 now year old daughter, who witnessed the entire tragedy, will not have to take the stand. The little girl was just 4 when her mother, sister and two others were killed. 

"I felt relieved. I was relieved my saying that he did it and I made me feel like why did he put us through this. All I can say is he got punked by a baby girl," said grandmother Nancy Butler to CBS Atlanta.

The family accepted a plea deal where the district attorney recommended life without the possibility of parole. The judge approved to deal.

What do you think about Ringold changing his plea to guilty? Tell us int the comment section below.

April Barnett Fortson October 24, 2012 at 01:14 PM
He did it to save himself! He knew if the jury heard this little girl speak he'd get death for sure! Selfish to the end!!!!
ricardo vidal October 24, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I agree with u april ,he did it to save himself ,,,
ricardo vidal October 24, 2012 at 02:17 PM
i feel so sad for the little girl
Alvin October 24, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Thank God he finally came to his senses and didn't put that family or kid through a long court proceeding. I actually feel sorry for him. What could make any one do something like that, my they RIP and My God bless his soul.
Coco Lee October 25, 2012 at 07:24 AM
I'm concerned about the fact that the media is providing the name of the little girl! Now she is no longer anonymous! Just to sell papers the media sold out that poor child! Now her school mates and everyone else will know who she is and what happened to her and her family! They will inquire and make comments that could cause further damage and make her continuously relive these tragic events! I can't believe they listed her full name!

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