ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

An Allentown man who was charged with criminal homicide has entered a plea to avoid a trial.

Grybram Melendez pleaded guilty Monday to 3rd degree murder.

Melendez shot and killed Carlos Rodriguez in the 700 block of Washington Street last October, police said.

Melendez's trial was slated to begin Monday, but because he entered a plea, he'll head straight to sentencing, which is scheduled for next month.