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OLATHE, Kan. — A woman charged with beating a man with a pipe pleaded guilty Friday in a deal with Johnson County, Kan. prosecutors.

Whitney Hersh pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder. In exchange for the guilty plea, the Johnson County District Attorney dismissed a charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Investigators said Hersh and three others severely beat Dennis Davey, 69, in Shawnee last year. Two of those charged are the victim’s estranged wife, Denise Davey, and step-daughter, Nicole Carter. Another suspect, Adam Hersh was also charged.

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In June, police were called out to a home in the area of Nieman and 55th Street at about 1 a.m. on a disturbance call, where someone was reported to be armed.

One of the neighbors knew something was wrong just after midnight when he heard Dennis Davey’s dog barking.

Neighbors say they were told the suspects beat up Davey and then waited for him to die.

“Apparently there were drugs all over the place,” said neighbor Jeanne Shaffer during an interview with FOX 4 this summer. “I guess they were sitting there partying while he was sitting on the floor bleeding.”

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