Rachael Anderson's accused killer pleads guilty to lesser charge


by KREM.com


Posted on December 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 12 at 3:50 PM

LATAH COUNTY, Idaho—One of the two men charged in connection with Rachael Anderson’s disappearance changed his not-guilty plea Wednesday. David Stone, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to notify coroner or law enforcement of a death in Second District Court. Stone faces seven to ten years in prison.

Other charges against Stone would be dropped as part of the plea agreement. A prosecutor said Stone talked to two investigators in December. The prosecutor also said Stone was not involved in the murder but instead acted as a cover up. The prosecutor also said Stone agreed to testify against the other suspect in the case.

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Stone and Charles A. Capone, 52, were charged with the murder of Anderson. The Clarkston woman vanished in April 2012. Anderson, 40, was last seen at Capone's shop in Moscow. Her body has not been found.

Investigators wrote that Stone and Capone conspired from January 2010 to April 2010 to murder Anderson. Documents alleged that Capone and Stone stalked and followed the victim. The documents alleged that Capone and/or Stone put Ambien into Anderson’s beer during the visit and killed her. Investigators said Capone and Stone later hid and disposed of Anderson’s body. The pair also cleaned the Yukon to destroy evidence of the murder according to records. They also stated that the suspects drove the Yukon from Latah County to Lewiston and sent text messages from Anderson’s phone to hide her death.

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Authorities searched for a body along the Snake River in Asotin County in November. It happened after a tip came in from two fishermen who believed they found a body near Hells Canyon Marina in Clarkston. The tip promoted speculation that it may be tied to the murder of Anderson. Officials would not confirm that but said they felt confident they would get a conviction in that case, with or without a body.

The prosecutor said Stone has given information that investigators hope will help them locate Anderson's body.

The court set trial for Capone in January.