Levi King has pleaded guilty to killing two rural Anderson residents in 2005, the Neosho Daily News learned early this afternoon.

Levi King has pleaded guilty to killing two rural Anderson residents in 2005.

King entered the plea Friday morning before Pulaski County Presiding Judge John Clayton.

King was charged in the Sept. 29, 2005, shooting deaths of former McDonald County restaurateur Orlie McCool, 70, and his 47-year-old daughter-in-law, Dawn Burr McCool. The bodies of the McCools were discovered the following day by a relative concerned about their well-being.

Orlie McCool was shot once with a 9 mm weapon, while Dawn McCool was shot several times, according to authorities. Ballistics tests determined shell casings found at the scene matched a 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun taken from the home of the suspect’s father.

King has also been linked to the Sept. 30, 2006, slayings of four members of a Texas family, including a pregnant woman.

The bodies of Brian Conrad, 31; his wife, Michell, 35; and her 14-year-old son Zach Doan were found shot to death after an early-morning 911 call made by the woman’s 10-year-old daughter.

The Conrads lived 13 miles south of Pampa, Texas, on Highway 70 and 10 miles north of Interstate 40 in the Texas Panhandle.

Authorities suspect King traveled on I-40 on his way to the Mexican border.

At about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 2005, agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency arrested King after noticing a red 1995 Dodge Dakota pickup being driven erratically. The truck was determined to belong to Orlie McCool.

A search of the pickup at the time of King’s arrest revealed four loaded weapons, several with rounds in the chambers. Three of the guns were taken from King’s father's home, including the 9 mm pistol, an AK-47 and a Russian 6 mm sniper rifle. Also found in the car was a .38 caliber handgun taken from the McCools' home.

Neosho Daily News