The guilty plea of Anthery Leaketh Dowdell, 39, was accepted Thursday by Talladega County Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth.
Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens said the state was not seeking the death penalty in this case at the request of the victims’ family.
Dowdell was accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend, Toni Adams, 32, and Adams’ mother, Carolyn Jean Adams, 54 at the time.
Carolyn Adams was legally blind, and would have celebrated her 31st anniversary as a sewing machine operator at the Alabama Industries for the Blind the day after she was killed. Toni Adams had worked at the Talladega McDonald’s for many years.
Dowdell was the father of Toni Adams’ two older children, who were 14 and 13 when their mother was killed. Toni Adams also had a 2-year-old child who may or may not have had Dowdell as a father.
Talladega Police were notified of a male subject chasing a woman down Ave. H and shooting at her at about 5 a.m. July 31, 2011. Toni Adams’ body was found laying in the roadway when officers arrived.
After identifying the victim, officers went to Adams’ residence on Swain Street, where they found her mother’s body.
Dowdell was arrested Aug. 3, 2011, following a man hunt that involved the U.S. Marshall Service and Alabama State Troopers as well as Talladega Police.
Until recently, a defendant charged with capital murder in Alabama would have to be tried by a jury even after pleading guilty, but Giddens said the state legislature had changed this last year.
“It’s been done in other counties since the law went into effect, but this is the first time it has come up in Talladega County,” Giddens said.