MOUNT PLEASANT — A Burlington man told a district court judge Monday he beat another man to death with a claw hammer in October 2016 because he thought the man was making unwanted sexual advances toward his "baby's momma."

Layton Tapscott, 26, 1717 Gnahn St. in Burlington, told District Judge Michael Schilling he beat Julian "J.D." Menke, to death in Menke's residence in the 200 block of South Eighth Street because he was angry with him.

As more than two dozen relatives and friends of the 32-year-old Menke looked on, Tapscott told Schilling he had been drinking at the time of the killing, saying it is difficult to remember exactly what happened.

"I can't recall exactly how many times I hit him," Tapscott told Schilling, "I recollect using a hammer to hit him multiple times ... in the head and face."

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Tapscott was scheduled to go to trial on first-degree murder charges May 15 in Des Moines County District, but decided instead to enter a guilty plea Monday to second-degree murder. Schilling told Tapscott he would have to serve 70 percent, or 35 years, of his 50-year sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

The Iowa state parole board will make the final determination on whether Tapscott should be released from prison after serving 35 years or remain in prison for the full 50-year term.

He will be sentenced June 8 by Schilling. It is likely Tapscott will be sentenced at the Des Moines County Courthouse in Burlington, court officials said.

Monday's hearing was moved from Des Moines County to Henry County to accommodate Schilling, who was in court all-day Monday in Mount Pleasant.

During the 90-minute hearing, both Todd Chelf, an assistant Des Moines County attorney, and Derek Jones, Tapscott's public defender from Davenport, outlined to Schilling the plea agreement they had reached.

At one point during the hearing, Schilling looked directly at Tapscott and asked him why he killed Menke.

"I was angry at him," Tapscott said, as Menke's relatives and friends could be heard sobbing as they sat in the courtroom.  "I thought he had made unwanted sexual advances to my baby's momma and I was angry at him."

Menke's family members did not speak about the impact Menke's death has had on them at Monday's hearing, but will be allowed to do so if they choose when Tapscott is sentenced in June.

Schilling also told Tapscott he would be required to pay $150,000 in restitution to Menke's estate.

Menke was found Oct. 8, 2016, beaten to death inside his two-story home at 207 S. Eighth St. Authorities believe he had been dead for a couple of days before he was found.

Tapscott was arrested several weeks later following an investigation by the Burlington Police Department, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Criminalistics Laboratory.

Three days after Menke was found dead, Tapscott was arrested and later convicted of beating a woman with a claw hammer during a disturbance at a Burlington residence.

At the end of Monday's hearing, Schilling ordered Tapscott held in the Des Moines County jail without bond. His bond originally had been set at $2 million.