Man pleads guilty in killing of yoga instructor, actress Tricia McCauley
WASHINGTON - The man accused of murdering an actress and yoga instructor, who was reported missing on Christmas Day last year and later found dead inside of her vehicle, has pleaded guilty to her killing.
According to FOX 5's Paul Wagner, Adrian Johnson entered the guilty plea Wednesday morning in court.
He was suspected of killing Tricia McCauley last December and was arrested the week after Christmas after police reported they spotted him in her car. Police say it was during Johnson's arrest that they discovered McCauley's body inside of the vehicle.
According to court documents, McCauley was strangled and beaten to death and also suffered injuries that indicate she was sexually assaulted. Police charged Johnson with first-degree murder and he was ordered held without bond.
FOX 5 reported last December that five days before McCauley went missing, Johnson went before a judge on theft charges and was ordered to enroll in GPS monitoring but failed to do so.
McCauley was an herbalist at Common Good City Farm near Howard University Hospital. She also ran a business called Leafyhead Lotions and Potions, which sold natural health and holistic products.
McCauley also worked as a professional actress with roles in films such as "The Paper Girl," "Step Up" and "Never Dream: The Beginning." She also performed in several theater productions at the Washington Stage Guild, Imagination Stage, Rainbow Theatre Project and others.
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