The Louisville Courier Journal is reporting that Roy Lee Ward pleaded guilty in Evansville Thursday to rape and murder charges. Ward was going to be re-tried for the 2001 crimes against 15 year old Stacy Payne.. starting next week. He was convicted in 2002 in Spencer County.. after being arrested inside Paynes home with a knife in his hand. His sentence was overturned due to pre-trial publicity. Wards case will reportedly still go for sentencing next week.. before a jury selected from Clay County.