St. Joseph man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in girlfriend's freezing death


By: Associated Press

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after authorities say he left his drunken girlfriend outside and she froze to death.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports 49-year-old Charles Campbell Jr. entered the plea Monday in the Feb. 22, 2014, death of 32-year-old Tamika Hurd. Sentencing is Dec. 7.

Campbell’s lawyer, James Jesse, said Hurd’s brother dropped her off at the Benton Township home. He says Hurd went in and out several times before Campbell left to go shopping.

Authorities say Hurd took a shower and was wet when she went outside in temperatures between 24 and 27 degrees without a coat, hat, boots or gloves. Assistant Prosecutor Cortney O’Malley says Hurd wasn’t locked out, but Campbell knew she was too drunk to get back inside.