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Man charged in murder of Shelbyville woman pleads guilty

Will be sentenced in September
Posted: 3:15 PM, Aug 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-08 15:15:53-04
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SHELBYVILLE—A Shelbyville man arrested last year for the murder of a woman will not be going on trial later this month. Instead, 27-year-old Derick Nigh is pleading guilty.

Nigh was charged with murder in the August 31, 2018 death of 41-year-old Jennifer Farquer, who was found dead at a home on Franklin Street in Shelbyville.

According the court documents, Nigh told a friend that he shot the woman after the two had argued. But when questioned by police, he denied shooting Farquer.

Police said that when they spoke with Nigh, they noticed he had scratches on his face, blood on his pants and a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun in his pant leg. Nigh’s father reported the handgun stolen from his residence.

In a plea agreement, the murder charge has been reduced to Voluntary Manslaughter.

Nigh will be sentenced on September 3.