A former trucker from Texas has pleaded guilty to two murders in order to avoid a death sentence.
Robert Ben Rhoades, 66, who is already serving a life sentence for killing a 14-year-old, has pleaded guilty to two counts of capital murder last week.
The Associated Press reports that Rhoades admitted to abducting and slaying newlyweds Douglas Scott Zyskowski and Patricia Walsh in 1990. The couple was reportedly hitchhiking to Georgia from Seattle to preach the Christian gospel.
Zyskowski’s body was found in January 1990 near Interstate 10 east of Ozona, TX. His wife was found in October 1990 in Utah. She wasn’t identified until 2003.
He has no possibility of parole.
Rhoades is serving a prison sentence in Illinois for the 1990 killing of Regina Walters, a 14-year-old runaway from Texas.
A state trooper in Arizona stopped Rhoades on I-10 to check his truck’s lights. He found Rhoades in the cab, and a “hysterical naked woman who had been chained and shackled to a wall,” The AP stated.