SALEM, Va. -

A Roanoke County man who could be sentenced to death later this month was in court Tuesday.

Lawyers for Shane Padgett and the commonwealth's attorney had a motions hearing to settle who might be able to testify during his capital murder sentencing scheduled to start on Saint Patrick's Day.

Padgett pleaded guilty last year to raping and killing Cara Holley with a tire iron almost four years ago.

He doesn't have a plea deal, so a judge could give him the death penalty.


Original story from September 30, 2013:

A man facing a capital murder trial in Roanoke County pleaded guilty to 10 counts Monday afternoon.

Shane Padgett made the guilty plea in Roanoke County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon. Padgett’s capital murder trial was scheduled to begin later this week.

According to the prosecution, Padgett beat Cara Holley with a tire iron and raped her before dumping her body in Franklin County.

Padgett will be sentenced next year. His plea was not part of an agreement, so Padgett still could be sentenced to the death penalty.