A Dartmouth man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, who was found stabbed to death in her apartment last year.

Christopher Kenneth Hutchinson, 29, entered the guilty plea Thursday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.


Tara Lynn Park was 33 years old. (Facebook)

Halifax Regional Police were called to a disturbance at an apartment at 117 Albro Lake Rd. around 10:15 p.m. on June 1 after a tenant contacted police because they heard some commotion.

A few minutes later, police discovered 33-year-old Tara Lynn Park's body in the stairwell of the small apartment complex.

Hutchinson was arrested two days later and charged with second-degree murder. He has since been held in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth.

A second-degree conviction carries an automatic life sentence.

Hutchinson will be formally sentenced in March, when a hearing will be held to determine how many years he must serve before he’s eligible for parole.