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UPDATE: Woman charged with murder of Beckley pastor takes plea deal

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The body of Pastor Ronald Browing was found outside his home on Odessa Ave. in February 2015. The body of Pastor Ronald Browing was found outside his home on Odessa Ave. in February 2015.
RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WVVA) -

The woman accused in the killing of a Beckley pastor has accepted a plea deal, the Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney's office confirmed on Monday. 

Camille Browne is charged in the murder of Pastor Ron Browning on Feburary 7, 2015.

On Tuesday at 1 p.m., Browne is expected to plead guilty to second degree murder and two counts of burglary. Prosecutors will recommend that her sentences run concurrently. 

If Judge John Hutchison accepts that recommendation, Browne's charges carry a 10 to 40 year prison sentence. 

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A pre-trial hearing that could make or break the case against a woman accused of killing a Beckley pastor was held on Thursday.

Camille Browne is charged in the murder of Pastor Ron Browning on Feburary 7, 2015. She was caught breaking into a home on Wiley Street just half a mile from where Browning was found beaten to death on Odessa Avenue. Investigators said she later confessed to the crime en route to the hospital, saying "she killed a man with grey hair." 

During Thursday's hearing, Browne's defense asked Judge John Hutchinson to dismiss the charges and toss two confessions made by their client after the attack, arguing she suffered from a substance-induced psychotic disorder and could not possibly have the mental capacity to prove an intent to kill. 

Browne admitted she took marijuana before the attack. However, her attorneys claim a second substance played a role in leading the young woman, with no criminal history, to kill. Browne could not be tested after her arrest because she was so violent that Raleigh General Hospital would not accept her as a patient. Her attorneys said it later took six adults to finally restrain Browne at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. 

Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller fought the pre-trial motions and claims by the defense that their client was mentally incompetent at the time. She referred to a statement made by Browne two days after the attack, describing in great detail and clarity, the killing of Browning in which she expressed very little remorse.

Keller also pointed out that Browne defense team has yet to provide evidence that their client was under the influence of a second substance that would aid in their mental incompetency argument. 

In the end, Judge Hutchison rejected motions by Browne's defense to dismiss the charges and have her statements thrown out. 

Browne was indicted  by a grand jury in May 2016 on charges of first degree murder, and two counts of robbery. 

According to Keller, multiple plea offers have been extended to Browne, including an offer to plead guilty to second degree murder and the two robbery charges. A final offer extended by the prosecution to Browne will expire on Monday, May 22nd. A tentative plea hearing has been set for the following day. 

If Browne decides not to accept, she will be headed to trial on June 13, 2017.  

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