Tempe man pleads guilty in girlfriend's killing

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Douglas Ray George By Jennifer Thomas Douglas Ray George By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- A man accused in the death of his girlfriend whose naked body was found dumped on a Tempe street has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
 
Maricopa County prosecutors say 27-year-old Douglas Ray George entered his plea Thursday.
 
His pre-sentence hearing is scheduled March 14.
 
George originally pleaded not guilty in the case.
 
Investigators believe 23-year-old Annovedwin Begay-Barakzai was killed at a different location than where her body was found by a passer-by last June 15.
 
She wasn't identified for weeks and authorities say an autopsy determined Begay-Barakzai died from blunt force trauma. 
 
Authorities say Begay-Barakzai had fractured ribs, a lacerated liver and numerous stab wounds to her face and chest.
 
Police say George and Begay-Barakzai lived together in Tempe and he was arrested earlier last June for domestic violence assault.