Yesterday, Dennis Mills, against advice of counsel, pleaded guilty to a double murder in Alamance County. They are in the process of picking a capital jury.
His lawyers had planned to offer the defense of insanity. His plea makes him subject to, at the minimum, a life in prison sentence.
A jury will still have to be picked and a trial held on whether he should live or die.
After 8 days of jury selection, only 2 jurors have been selected. The selection and trial could last for weeks or even months. The state could end this expensive process at any moment by declaring the case non-capital and asking the judge to sentence Mills to life without parole.