An Edmond man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a well-known homeless man known as Bicycle Bob.
With his mother seated nearby, Connor Adam Mason, 21, entered his plea before Oklahoma County District Judge Jerry D. Bass.
The judge will decide whether Mason is sentenced to life or life without the possibility of parole. Sentencing has been set for Sept. 6.
Mason stood quietly in front of the judge and did not answer questions outside of court. His mother also declined to comment.
The victim, Dwite Morgan, 54, was beaten and stabbed to death in an Edmond alley in October 2009.
Mason was charged with first-degree murder in January 2010. His often-delayed trial was scheduled to begin May 21.
“He's incredibly remorseful,” said Shawn Jefferson, Mason's attorney. “It was clear to him that this was the right and correct thing to do.”
District Attorney David Prater declined to comment.
In a police interview, Mason denied killing Morgan. Friends told police Mason bragged about the killing and even showed off the victim's severed finger.
Friends also told police Mason admired serial killers. His friends said he was a fan of “Dexter,” a television series about a fictional serial killer.
Mason's attorney disclosed Wednesday that his client underwent a religious conversion in jail and is now “a man of faith.”
“He's a very different kid than when I first met him,” the attorney said.
Morgan had been homeless for years and was liked by many in Edmond. He was stabbed repeatedly with a knife and hit with a hammer at his outdoor sleeping spot in an alley near downtown Edmond late Oct. 17 or early Oct. 18, 2009.
Prosecutors originally charged another homeless man, Travis Monroe Jim, with first-degree murder. Jim, 21, had told police that, while drunk, he had stabbed Morgan during a fight over the sleeping spot.
Prosecutors dropped that charge in December after deciding Jim made up the admission.
A co-defendant in the case, Nikolas David Kerr, 22, of Edmond, is charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder after the fact.
Prosecutors said Wednesday they had struck a deal with Kerr, who agreed to testify against Mason at trial. He could enter a plea in the case as early as Friday, they said.
A third defendant in the case, Heather Irene Holden, pleaded guilty in July 2010 to obstructing an officer and received a deferred sentence, court records show.
Mason was ordered to face trial in September 2010 after Holden, his former lover, testified he admitted during several conversations to killing a homeless man.
“I just remember him saying it was amazing,” she testified at Mason's preliminary hearing.
In January, Morgan's body was exhumed from an Edmond cemetery after Mason's former roommate told police that “Mason told him the tip of the knife was broken due to stabbing the victim in the skull.”
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Information matched metal pieces recovered from Morgan's body to a broken knife thought to be used in the fatal stabbing.
Police were led to a broken knife in October by Kerr, another former roommate. It was recovered in a lake in a residential area of Edmond.