A Jackson man will not go to trial this fall for 2nd-degree murder. 23-year old Ryan Harkey was charged with stabbing 25-year-old Jerry Conrad to death outside of a downtown Cape bar last December. Harkey pled not guilty before Judge William Syler in February. The judge granted a change of venue to Franklin County before Judge Gael Wood. Harkey entered a guilty plea Tuesday to a reduced charge of 2nd-degree involuntary manslaughter avoiding a trial set for December. He will be sentenced January 28th and faces up to 4-years in state prison. Conrad was employed at Ole Hickory Pits in Cape and is survived by three children and fiancée. An autopsy showed he died from a 3-inch knife wound to his chest.
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