A 25-year-old D.C. man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a teenager whose body was never found.
Brian Gaither pleaded guilty Tuesday in Superior Court in Washington. He was one of two people indicted on first-degree murder charges in the case. The other man, Johnnie Sweets, is scheduled to go on trial April 8.
The charges stem from the alleged kidnapping and killing of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier in August 2010.
Prosecutors say Frazier was lured to a home in the 700 block of Trenton Place SE, where she was beaten by a group of people, bound with tape and left in a closet. Authorities say Gaither later choked her to death.
The group allegedly suspected Frazier of stealing $900 from one of them, although there was little evidence of that, authorities say.
Her body was dismembered and disposed of in a trash bin, authorities say. They believed it's in a Virginia landfill.
Gaither will be sentenced Feb. 1 and faces up to life in prison.
Four other people have also been arrested in Frazier's killing. In October 2011, Laurence Hassan, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Three months earlier, Cinthya Proctor, a teenager, had also pleaded guilty to her part in Frazier's death.