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Guilty plea: Woman admits to judge she strangled her 83-year-old mother

Heller Marie Dupuis (Source: KATC) Heller Marie Dupuis (Source: KATC)

Four years after an 83-year-old woman was found dead, with a rope around her neck, her daughter admitted to the crime.

In 2011, Jessie B. Messex was found in a car at Lake Martin.

Reports say Messex was recovering from a stroke and her daughter, Heller Marie Dupuis, and granddaughter, Toni Marie Dupuis, were all living together to take care of Messex.

Heller Dupuis, 51, admitted to the court she strangled her mother and left the body in the car for other people to find. Dupuis also told the judge that her daughter, Toni, helped carry out the crime.

Both Heller and Toni Dupuis werinitiallyly charged with first degree murder, but mental evaluations found the women were not emotionally or mentally fit enough to be tried in a death penalty case.

In late 2014, the women's attorney resigned and because it would take a new attorney at least a year to prepare for a first degree murder trial. Messex's family agreed that dropping the charge's severity level for a quicker prison sentence is what they wanted.

Heller's sentencing is set for March 13. Toni agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter, but a court date has not been set.

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