Michael Burdette Pleads Guilty to Murder

A surprise guilty plea in a murder case where a Prattville man stabbed a good friend more than 20 times and killed him last year.

Police charged Matthew Shane Burdette with killing Jimmy Katasarakis in July 2006. Investigators say both men were drinking when Katasarakis said something that bothered Burdette. Burdette then pulled out a knife and attacked his friend.

Burdette struck a plea deal with prosecutors to serve a sentence of 20 years in prison in exchange for not going to trial.

Judge John Bush will decide whether to accept that agreement December 19th.