John Mackay, a former Fort Eustis staff sergeant, who along with a woman with whom he was having an affair, pled guilty to first-degree murder Monday in a Virginia courtroom.
According to James City County Deputy Clerk Julie Murray, Mackay and Nicole Houchin each entered guilty pleas in first degree in the murder for hire plot of Dana Patterson Mackay.
The 42-year-old former Gordon County resident was a 1989 Gordon Central High graduate. She was found dead in her Williamsburg-James City County, Va. home on July 27, 2013.
According to earlier reports, the motive was an extra marital affair between Mackay and 35-year-old Houchin. Houchin’s husband was also stationed at Fort Eustis.
The crime was discovered after a neighbor went to check on Mrs. Mackay at the request of her mother.
Autopsies determine that the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
According to Deputy Clerk Murray, the case has been continued until May 15 pending pre-sentence reports.