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Akron man pleads guilty to killing, burying girlfriend


AKRON — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to beating his girlfriend to death and burying her body beneath a fire pit in the backyard of the couple's home.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports 53-year-old David Callaghan pleaded guilty in Akron on Wednesday to murder, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse and domestic violence charges in the death of 54-year-old Martha Freitag last year.

Freitag was reported missing by her daughter in late July. Her body was found in September.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office ruled that Freitag died from blunt force head trauma.

Callaghan's trial on the charges was scheduled to begin Wednesday.

A defense attorney said Callaghan will speak at his sentencing set for May 6.

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