Apr 3, 2014 12:07 PM
The man accused of raping and strangling a pregnant Russell County woman in 2012 has pleaded guilty in the case.
Christopher Allman pleaded guilty to the murder, rape and robbery of 31-year-old Sarah Hart.
Police say Hart was three months pregnant when she was raped and killed by Allman while out on a jog.
Allman indicated he saw Hart and her sister on his way to work every day.
The Commonwealth recommended a life sentence without parole for the murder charge. The Commonwealth told the court Allman admitted his intent was to rob Hart.
On June 14, 2012, Sarah Hart and her sister, Elizabeth Roberts, were out for a jog when Hart decided to go back to their car. According to police, that's when Sarah was raped ad strangled, and left for dead by Allman. Officials said Hart encountered Allman around 5:20 a.m. and was dragged by him into a ravine across from the Community Action building. Allman raped her and strangled her with a vine. He then walked to work where he was later found by investigators, officials said. Hart's body was later found in the ravine and Allman's DNA was found on her body, officials said.
Commonwealth offered the charges of murder, fetal homicide, kidnapping, robbery, evidence tampering, rape and persistent felony offender.
Six months after the murder, Hart's family was awarded 'The 2012 Most Encouraging Kentuckian Award'.
The family held a race named after and in honor of Hart in Russel Springs in August of 2012 titled "Run With All Your Hart."