TULSA (AP) - A convicted murderer has pleaded guilty to kidnapping an 11-year-old girl who authorities say was slain and her body dumped in New Mexico.
Vernon Lynn Hopper will be sentenced March 24 in U.S. District Court in Tulsa. He faces a sentence of up to life in prison without parole on the plea he entered Monday.
Hopper also has been charged with first-degree murder in Tulsa County District Court in the girl's death. He has not entered a plea to that charge.
Prosecutors say they have identified what they believe are the remains of Roxie Moser, who was last seen in June 1992 after leaving a Tulsa grocery store.
Hopper is serving life without parole for the 1992 slaying of Amanda Craig, 11, of Van Buren, Ark. Her body was found near a park about 60 miles northeast of Tulsa.
Hopper pleaded guilty to killing Craig by injecting her with enough tranquilizers to subdue two horses.
According to an affidavit released Monday, Hopper confessed to abducting Roxie and driving her to Roswell, N.M. The affidavit said Hopper admitted injecting her with acepromazine, a powerful tranquilizer normally used on horses.
Hopper likely will make an initial court appearance next week on the murder charge.
Shortly after abducting Roxie, Hopper was arrested after trying to kidnap a woman in Port Lavaca, Texas. He was convicted of two rapes in Corpus Christi and sentenced to 99 years. BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 596738