Man Enters Alford Plea to 2nd Deg. Murder


K2's Ophelia Young reports, oyoung@k2tv.com: 

A Mills teen who police say killed a baby while on drugs entered an Alford plea today. 

The plea means the defendant believes the evidence will likely convict him in a trial, but that he's not necessarily guilty. 

That's exactly the case for Matthew Hankins, who tells his family he can't remember what lead up to the death of an infant he lived with. 

But an Alford plea carries the same consequences as a guilty plea, and District Attorney Mike Blonigen says that's how Hankins should be treated because all evidence points to him. 

In the video, you will hear both sides speak. 

Hankins will serve up to 26 years in prison.  His sentencing is scheduled for the next couple weeks.