Winona Lake man pleads guilty to aggravated battery, reckless homicide

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A Winona Lake man charged with murder in the 2017 death of Derek Davidson has pleaded guilty to two lesser charges Thursday.

Daniel Hugo Duenas, 21, submitted a plea agreement this past week.

The agreement charges Duenas with aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony; and reckless homicide, a Level 5 felony.

According to court documents, Duenas told police he arranged to meet a Warsaw man, Jarrod Miller, 18, to sell Miller half an ounce of marijuana.

After Miller and Davidson arrived, they allegedly took 11 grams of marijuana from Duenas without paying.

Duenas told police Davidson shoved him and punched him in the face, and that is when Duenas got in his Ford Mustang, put the car in reverse and backed over Davidson, pinning him to the ground. Davidson later died of his injuries.

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