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February 29, 2012

Love pleads guilty to 2009 Pillsbury murder

Agreement reached Monday

NEW ALBANY — A Jeffersonville man agreed to enter a guilty plea to a murder charge from August 2009 on Monday.

Freddie B. Love, 44, signed a plea deal Monday in Floyd County Superior Court No. 1 to accept the charge for the fatal shooting of Christopher Trowell, 48, in the parking lot of the New Albany Pillsbury plant on Aug. 5, 2009. Originally, the jury selection for the hearing was scheduled to begin Tuesday.

According to the plea agreement, Love agreed to a sentence of 55 years for the murder charge with a criminal recklessness charge dropped.

In a probable cause affidavit, Love allegedly fired shots into a house in the 2700 block of Navajo Drive on the morning of Aug. 5, 2009.

According to the affidavit, Tracey McWilliams told police that someone pounded on her door. She looked out the window and saw a Cadillac in her driveway. She said two shots were fired at about 7 a.m.

Trowell, who also lived at the residence along Navajo Drive, was working third shift at Pillsbury when he learned of the shooting. Trowell and Love later encountered each other outside of Pillsbury and Love began to follow him in his vehicle.

The two crashed through the gate at Pillsbury. Video surveillance reportedly showed Love chasing Trowell through the parking lot and shooting him.

A sentencing hearing for Love is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on March 23.

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