Investigations began after the body of Skinner was found inside an apartment in southwest Charlotte in September with more than 200 stab wounds.
46-year-old Donny Lewis Franklin was arrested three days after the discovery of the body, and was charged with first-degree murder. According to reports, Franklin was in a relationship with Skinner at the time of the murder.
A hearing was scheduled for Thursday and postponed until Friday when Franklin’s attorneys failed to appear. On Friday, Franklin pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. As a result, the man will face up to 35.5 years in prison.
Skinner had worked at the school for two years. She worked as a professor of gerontology and psychology, and was already beloved by many colleagues and students.