A New York college student has admitted to colluding with her father to kill her mother and make it look like a suicide.
Karrie Neurauter, 20, an ex- Rochester Institute of Technology, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges for the August 2017 slaying of her mother, Michelle Neurauter, 46. The Democrat and Chronicle reported that her father, Lloyd Neurauter, still faces a litany of charges, including, first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and tampering with evidence.
Lloyd allegedly approached Karrie in mid-August with the prospect of murdering her mother. The couple had three children together and Lloyd wanted his ex-wife dead because he no longer wanted to pay child support, and wanted custody of their youngest child, according to the newspaper.
The Star-Gazette reported that Karrie wasn’t physically involved in the murder but she distracted the younger child in an upstairs bedroom as Lloyd strangled Michelle. She also staged the crime scene to make it appear like a suicide and drove her father to and from her mother’s Corning home.
In court, Karrie also admitted to providing a false story to police and disconnecting various devices, both in an attempt to conceal the murder, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, police responded to the home amid reports of “suspicious circumstances” involving Michelle. They later determined that Michelle didn’t kill herself and that the crime scene was staged.
The pair were reportedly arrested in late January after police executed search warrants at Michelle’s home and Lloyd’s New Jersey home.
In accepting a plea deal, Karrie will testify against her father. She faces no more than 15 years to life behind bars under the recent agreement.
Lloyd pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled to begin on September 24.