GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Right before opening statements Monday night, the defendant in a 2021 Geneva County murder trial decided to plead guilty.

David Allen Morris, 26, pled guilty to fatally shooting Alberto Guerra Jr., of Samson, following an argument over a woman both men had known.

The death happened in the Fink Mill community located along the Geneva County-Covington County line.

Morris left the scene following the fatal shooting and was located by authorities at his mother’s 7th Street home in Florala on July 4th, 2021.

An autopsy revealed the victim died from a single gunshot wound to his left torso.

Following Morris’ guilty plea, Geneva/Dale Circuit Court Judge William Filmore sentenced him to 20-years in a state penitentiary.