The Texas man accused in the 1999 death of a Stockbridge woman who’s body was found in Butts County has pleaded guilty to malice murder and received a sentence of life in prison.

Fuquah Dewalt Cashaw, 47, had been facing a possible death sentence if convicted of the murder of Heather Davidson, 22, whose body was found along Kermit Williams Road.

The plea wraps up a case 18 years in the making and one that had apparently gone cold for years. It was re-examined by the Butts County Sheriff’s Office when Sheriff Gary Long took office in 2013.

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