Suspect pleads guilty in 2007 murder of mother, son

Denver Simmons
Denver Simmons

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - A man accused of murdering a Round O mother and her teenage son in 2007 pleaded guilty to those crimes and several others in court Wednesday.

Denver Simmons pleaded guilty to two counts of murder, possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, grand larceny of more than $5,000 and forgery of less than $5,000.

He will serve two consecutive life sentences and serve five years for all other offenses. He will not receive the death penalty, which the prosecution was seeking before the guilty plea. Simmons will not be eligible for parole.

Simmons pleaded guilty to the murders of Sheila Faye Dodd and her 13-year-old son. The Colleton County sheriff's office says Simmons shot and murdered Dodd while her son was at school. Then, he picked William Dodd up from Colleton County Middle School, took him home and shot and killed him.

The two disappeared in May 2007 and were missing for almost a week before Simmons was arrested. Their bodies were found burned and buried not far from their Round O home.

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