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Ex-bouncer pleads guilty to murder, gets life in deal with prosecutors

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — A former strip club bouncer pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday in Limestone County Circuit Court.

District Attorney Kristi Valls said James Duncan of Elkmont received a life sentence.

He was facing two capital murder charges and a burglary charge in the November 2003 slaying of Anthony Bryant, 21, of Elkmont.

Duncan pleaded to the lesser charge in exchange for cooperating with prosecutors in another case.

He testified at the capital murder trial of Mark Angus of Ardmore, the man accused of hiring Duncan and an accomplice to kill Bryant.

At that trial, Duncan, who worked part time at Dream Girls in Harvest, testified he shot Bryant in the back of the head for the promise of $500 and a car.

The jury found Angus not guilty of hiring Duncan and
his accomplice, Joshua Southwick.

In February, Southwick pleaded guilty to murder and burglary and received a life sentence plus 20 years.

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