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Roanoke man charged with killing toddler pleads guilty to all charges

The accused shooter appeared in court September 25.
The accused shooter appeared in court September 25. (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A Roanoke man charged with killing a toddler earlier this year pleaded guilty to all charges in Roanoke Circuit Court Friday morning.

Warner Lovings Hunter III, 25, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a murder, and aggravated malicious wounding in the case.

Police said Hunter fired multiple shots at 26-year-old Rachael Quesenberry and her daughter, 1-year-old Aryah Leigh Lipford, who died from her injuries in the hospital.

Quesenberry survived the shooting.

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During testimony in court, officials said the incident began over an argument about Hunter's vehicle.

Quesenberry had reportedly borrowed Hunter's car and when she did not return it Hunter had threatened her stating, "Return my vehicle today or I will come kill you and your children."

According to testimony, Quesenberry met with Hunter along the 3100 block of Oakland Boulevard NW in Roanoke to drop off the vehicle on July 16. That's when Hunter came out to the front of the residence and the shooting occurred.

Mekeysha Lipford, Aryah's grandmother, and other family members were in the courtroom Friday for Aryah, and wore t-shirts with her face in support.

Hunter faces life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for January 7, 2016.