A teenager was facing jail today after admitting the murder of a man who was found dead in an alleyway.
James Cartwright showed no emotion as he pleaded guilty to killing Shane Watson in Sedgley.
His co-defendant Shylon Wishart has denied murder and will face trial next year.
Wearing a blue t-shirt and flanked by security officers, 18-year-old Cartwright spoke only to confirm his name and enter his plea during the short hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Family and friends of Mr Watson gathered in court for yesterday’s (14) proceedings, during which Cartwright, of Sandyfields Road, Sedgley, was remanded into custody.
He will be sentenced following the trial of 19-year-old Wishart, of North Springfield, Sedgley.
Mr Watson, who lived in Monument Lane, suffered serious head injuries after being attacked in an alleyway off Springfield Grove on July 28.
On the night he died, he had been out in bars in Sedgley with family and friends. He was discovered in the alleyway at about 3.20am.
It emerged today that council bosses were continuing to consider the future of the alleyway where Mr Watson was killed.
Hundreds of people signed a petition calling for its closure.
Wishart will go on trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court on April 8.