Couple plead guilty to killing Columbus cab driver

COLUMBUS, GA (AP) - A man and woman accused of killing a Columbus cab driver and burning his taxi in 2008 have pleaded guilty.

Investigators have said the victim, 54-year-old Vincent Flores of Smiths Station, Ala., was stabbed and was likely still alive when the cab was set on fire.

His body was discovered in the trunk of the burned cab. Fred E. Bickler and Carrie A. Lemke, both of Posen, Ill., were charged in the case.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported that Bickler pleaded guilty Friday to felony murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and arson. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Lemke pleaded guilty to manslaughter, criminal attempted armed robbery and aggravated assault. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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