Lafayette man wants to withdraw guilty plea


A 21-year-old Lafayette man who pleaded guilty in March to murder in the beating death of another man now wants to withdraw that plea, saying he didn't realize he pleaded guilty to murder.

The Journal & Courier reports Darren Englert mailed the handwritten request from the Tippecanoe County Jail saying the "defendant was not of sound mind if and when such entered plea was given." He also alleges his attorneys misled him.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Sept. 27.

Englert pleaded guilty in March to murder in the July 2011 beating death of 26-year-old Jeremy Gibson. Englert did not have a plea agreement and still faces additional charges including conspiracy to commit murder, criminal confinement and fraud.

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