More on Julian Mickel's guilty plea

A drastic change in the courtroom this morning.  An Erie man set to go to trial on homicide charges for the third time... pleads guilty.  

The jury and all parties were set to begin Julian Mickel's third murder trial, but instead, Mickel pleaded guilty to third degree murder, saying he pulled the trigger.

27 year old Mickel stands trial for the third time after two hung juries in the shooting death of 24 year old Jaree Warren.  A jury selected Wednesday, the trial expected to begin on Thursday, but Mickel brought the trial to a halt with his plea.

Judge John Garhart asking Mickel before accepting the plea, "you pulled the trigger yourself?"  Mickel responding simply, "correct".

In the plea agreement, Mickel agreed to serve nine to 18 years behind bars in return for all other charges being dropped, admitting to firing the fatal shot that killed Warren on December 6th, 2014 at West 18th and Raspberry streets.

Immediately following the guilty plea, however, Mickel's family maintaining his innocence and saying that he was pressured into taking the agreement.  One of his relatives saying, "Justice wasn't served here today.  The killer is still out there.  The streets know who did this."

Before leaving the courtroom, we asked Warren's family if hearing him admit to murder is helpful at all, to which his mother simply responded, "no".

The Prosecuting Attorney in the case saying they have no comment until after Mickel is sentenced on the third degree murder charge.  

Mickel's Attorney, Allie Scarpetti saying, "no comment," following today's plea.

Mickel is set to be sentenced October 18th.


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