Curtis Lopez is the suspect in Jane McQuain's Death and William McQuain's disappearance.
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A North Carolina man charged with killing his estranged wife and her 11-year-old son in Montgomery County has just pleaded guilty.
Curtis Lopez faces a possible sentence of life without parole after Friday's plea. His trial had been scheduled for Monday.
Lopez is an ex-convict who spent more than a decade in prison. Authorities say he killed 51-year-old Jane McQuain inside her Germantown apartment in October 2011 and beat her son, William, to death with a baseball bat. William's body was found in a wooded area a week after police discovered the body of his mother, who authorities say was stabbed and bludgeoned.
State's Attorney John McCarthy says the motive was money, pure and simple. He says Jane McQuain had just inherited about $80,000, and that as soon as she told Lopez about it, he started plotting to take it from her.
Lopez entered what lawyers call an Alford plea. It's a guilty plea where the defendent declines to admit he committed the crime, but does agree prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.
Lopez was arrested at a North Carolina motel the day after Jane McQuain's body was found.