A homeless couple in California has pleaded guilty to murdering a woman who welcomed them in her home and even took them out for shopping hours before they killed her.

Caitlin Rose Crenshaw and Cody Brandon Huynh, both 24, admitted Monday, that they stabbed 55-year-old Kimberly “Sky” Smith to death at her home in Santa Cruz. Smith was found dead with 31 stab wounds all across her head, neck, and torso on March 31, 2020, Law & Crime reported.

Crenshaw and Huynh face 30 years of jail after they pleaded guilty to charges of murder, conspiracy, robbery, and special enhancement for use of a deadly weapon. As part of their plea agreement, the two now have a possibility of parole.

The duo met Smith on March 23, 2020, while she was taking donations to a church, the court previously heard. Smith then invited Crenshaw and Huynh home to take a shower and get cleaned up. According to a surveillance video, Smith also took the couple out for shopping on March 31. Smith's father found her dead at the apartment later that day.

After stabbing Smith with a kitchen knife, the duo fled in Smith's SUV, the report said. The officials later found them at San Bernardino County, hundreds of miles away from Santa Cruz. Crenshaw was found driving Smith's vehicle and Huynh was in jail on an unrelated domestic dispute allegation.

The investigators discovered journals belonging to the couple at Smith’s home that contained descriptive entries of their violent fantasies. The entries included fantasies about getting a stranger's trust, stabbing the person before stealing their possessions, and living “happily ever after,” according to the Law & Crime report.

When one of such journal entries titled "Happy Thoughts" was testified in court, Crenshaw laughed in the courtroom, Oxygen.com reported.

During the investigation, Crenshaw and Huynh told the officers various accounts on why they killed Smith. At one point they said they murdered Smith for flaunting her money in front of them.

The court has scheduled their sentencing for August 31.

“It obviously will not bring Sky back to them, but we hope that this will provide her family with the justice they deserve, as well as justice for Sky.” Conor McCormick, Assistant District Attorney was quoted as saying by Law & Crime.

“In large part, we’re happy that there was a successful resolution wherein the defendants took responsibility for their incredibly callous and serious acts of violence against a member of our community,” McCormick added.

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