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Deputies Say Wilkins Confessed to Killing Girlfriend

Posted: Updated: June 30, 2009 03:29 AM EDT

Investigators claim they have a confession from the man accused of killing his girlfriend and leaving her in his vehicle.

In court records filed Tuesday, Augusta County sheriff's deputies say 39-year-old Timothy Aaron Wilkins told them that he strangled Misty Phillips outside his house near Churchville.

A deputy discovered the 36-year-old victim Friday night in a shopping center parking lot. She was partly covered by a tarp in the back of Wilkins' SUV.