PHOENIX (AP) - A man accused in the death of his girlfriend whose naked body was found dumped on a Tempe street has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 27-year-old Douglas Ray George entered his plea Thursday.
His pre-sentence hearing is scheduled March 14.
George originally pleaded not guilty in the case.
Investigators believe 23-year-old Annovedwin Begay-Barakzai was killed at a different location than where her body was found by a passer-by last June 15.
She wasn't identified for weeks and authorities say an autopsy determined Begay-Barakzai died from blunt force trauma.
Authorities say Begay-Barakzai had fractured ribs, a lacerated liver and numerous stab wounds to her face and chest.
Police say George and Begay-Barakzai lived together in Tempe and he was arrested earlier last June for domestic violence assault.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Police: Naked body of woman found in Tempe street