88-year-old rejects plea deal, will go to trial for girlfriend's murder

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GASTONIA, N.C. —

An 88-year-old Gastonia man will head to trial in his girlfriend's murder after he turned down a plea deal Tuesday.

Charles Venn pleaded not guilty to murdering Vivian Schronce last Mother's Day. Channel 9’s partners at The Gaston Gazette report that Venn could have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, but rejected the deal Tuesday in court.

Venn admitted he shot Schronce, but said it was an accident.