Nicole Madison Lovell

Former Virginia Tech student from Maryland pleads no contest in killing of 13-year-old girl

Former Virginia Tech student from Maryland pleads no contest in killing of 13-year-old girl

A former Virginia Tech student from Columbia pleaded no contest Friday in the 2016 killing of a 13-year-old girl.

David Eisenhauer, 20, entered his plea to all three charges against him in the stabbing death of Nicole Lovell: first-degree murder, abduction and concealing a body.

The plea came on the fourth day of testimony in his trial. Prosecutors told jurors Eisenhauer, then 18, killed Lovell, a 7th-grader from Blacksburg, because he was afraid she would expose his improper relationship with the underage girl.

A plea of no contest means a defendant acknowledges there's enough evidence to convict him, but doesn't admit he committed the crime. The plea has the same...

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