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May 19, 2004

Albany -- A surprise in the murder trial of an Albany woman charged with murdering her son. Theresa Jefferson accepted a plea deal to manslaughter and arson.

Judge Willie Lockette will sentence Jefferson later.

 Jefferson's lawyer, Craig Mathis, said he was surprised when his client told him Wednesday morning she wanted to accept the plea deal. Mathis said "After the evidence was laid out in opening statements, Miss Jefferson thought it would be in her best interests to accept a offered plea."

Jefferson was accused of beating her four year old son to death and then burning their East Albany mobile home to cover up the crime.

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