A Fayetteville man pleaded guilty late Thursday afternoon to murdering his girlfriend execution-style two years ago while neighbors looked on.
Eric Frankenhauser pleaded guilty to first degree murder and will avoid the death penalty, according to the Washington County Prosecutor's Office. Frankenhauser was arrested in the shooting death of Jessica Stewart, which occurred on Aug. 5, 2012, in Fayetteville. (See the video above to hear the 911 call)
As a result of his plea, Frankenhauser was sentenced to life in prison, according to the prosecutor.
Frankenhauser fled to Ohio after killing his girlfriend. He was later captured and brought back to Washington County.
Stewart was found shot in the head in front of a home at 2228 W. Wedington Drive. She died the next day at Washington Regional Medical Center.
According to Frankenhauser's arrest warrant affidavit, witnesses saw Stewart outside, on her knees and with her hand on her head in a defensive position.
Frankenhauser pulled her hair and hands away. The witness overheard Stewart say, “Call the police,” then say, “No, no, no.” Finally they heard a “pop” and she fell to the ground, the affidavit states.