Father accused of murdering 5-year-old pleads guilty, death penalty off the table

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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix father accused of killing his 5-year-old son has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Nashawn Campbell, 39, will be sentenced next month. As part of his plea agreement, he will not face the death penalty.

According to police, Campbell, 39, slit his little boy's throat and then tried to kill himself in June 2009.

It happened at the family's home in the area of 15th and Fillmore streets in Phoenix.

Campbell's sister is the one who found Campbell and his son, Troy, in a back bedroom. Both of their throats had been slashed. Troy was already dead.

According to court paperwork, Campbell's sister told investigators that he "had been depressed about losing his job." She also told police that Campbell had threatened to "'end it all and take Troy with him."

That court paperwork also shows that while in the hospital, Campbell told the officer guarding him, "You should have let me die."

Neighbors who talked to 3TV shortly after Troy's murder and Campbell's attempted suicide were stunned.

"It's pretty disturbing, to tell you the truth, that somebody could do that to a child," Thomas Watson said. "I don't know what was going through his mind to make him want to do that to a child and then do that to himself."