The defendant charged in a 2016 Tecumseh homicide has entered a guilty plea on a second-degree murder charge and will be formally sentenced in May.

The defendant charged in a 2016 Tecumseh homicide has entered a guilty plea on a second-degree murder charge and will be formally sentenced in May.

Joseph Wells III, 22, of Tecumseh, was initially charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with first-degree murder, deliberate intent, in the 2016 death of Randall Allen Warner.

Court records show Warner died on or about June 15, 2016 at 700 N. 6th in Tecumseh.

Wells is accused of unlawfully, and with malice aforethought, of causing the death of Warner by striking him in the head, neck and torso with his hands, feet and a metal object, court records show.

During a court appearance, the state amended the charge to second-degree murder and Wells entered a guilty plea.

A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered and formal sentencing is scheduled May 2.

Wells remains jailed without bond in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.