Admitted serial killer Dellmus Colvin pleaded guilty Tuesday to murdering a Somers Point woman in 1987.
In his second appearance in Atlantic County Criminal Court on Tuesday, Colvin — who is convicted with the murder of 27-year-old Donna Lee White — told Judge Charles Middlesworth Jr. that he killed White after he found her unconscious in his Tennessee Avenue home in Atlantic City.
“I strangled her,” Colvin told the court. “I put a plastic bag over her head and I left.”
Colvin, 51, said he was working as a cabdriver when he picked up White in Northfield. The two went back to his home. Colvin said he later left for a few minutes that night and returned to find White with a bloody syringe and blood on her arm.
“There was a blood stain on her arm,” he said, adding she was barely breathing.
Colvin said he did not think White was alive when he found her, but he put the bag over her head “just in case” she was still alive. He said “without a doubt” he killed her.
He said he also sold drugs at the time of the incident, but did not say whether the drugs White injected were purchased from him.
After placing the bag over her head and strangling her, Colvin said he left his apartment for an unknown amount of time before he returned home, wrapped White in a blanket, put her in the trunk of his cab and then dumped her body.
White was found dead Sept. 15, 1987, in a vacant parking lot near the old Garwood Mills site in Atlantic City.
Initially, the death was ruled acute cocaine intoxication and Colvin was charged with hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence.
However, he was indicted last year by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit after they traveled to Ohio and found enough evidence to indict Colvin for strangling White.
Colvin made his first appearance earlier Tuesday morning in which Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor Erin Bisirri made a plea offer that would result in him serving 30 years in state prison.
During the first appearance, which lasted only about 15 minutes, Bisirri told Middlesworth that the state would accept a plea deal of 30 years, or 85 percent of the jail time associated with a murder charge, if the issue was resolved in court Tuesday.
However, Deputy Public Defender Raymond Lee told Middlesworth the No Early Release Act does not apply to Colvin’s case because the crime was committed in 1987, before the act was instituted.
After he was dismissed from court, Colvin reappeared unexpectedly in front of Middlesworth a second time and accepted the deal.
Colvin is already serving multiple life sentences after admitting to strangling six prostitutes to death in Ohio. He was brought into the courtroom Tuesday morning wearing a striped uniform, given to high-risk inmates.
If sentenced, the 30 years will be served concurrently to the time being served. He is scheduled to be sentenced 8:45 a.m Friday. Lee asked Middlesworth to expedite the sentencing because Colvin feared for his safety in the Atlantic County Jail.
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