Man pleads guilty to fatally shooting girlfriend at Delaware motel

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his girlfriend while she lay in bed in a Dover motel.

Darren Weiford, 23, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and possession of a firearm Thursday morning, according to the Delaware Department of Justice. He was charged in the June 2017 shooting death of 20-year-old Amber Buckler, who was found dead of a single gunshot wound at the First State Inn Motel.

Police said Weiford and Buckler were in a relationship and staying at the motel.

Defense attorney James Liguori said Weiford suffered from depression and anxiety and had just spent time in the Dover Behavioral Health facility before the shooting.

Weiford is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 15. He faces 18 years to life in prison.

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