That's what's apparent in the article above, and it has all to do with the conveyed sense, from the headline.
Let's try and break it down. The editor saw it fit to call attention to the story by stating:
'3 in priest murder case plead later'So, did the suspects take the plea?
And what is actually meant by 'plead later' and is that even a possibility?
Plead suggests the action already happened, so to assign it a future time frame, is nothing short of an absurdity.
It's most likely the editor intended to say the suspects would 'plead later' but perhaps due to space constraints, ended up omitting the one innocuous word that would have made all the difference.
'3 in priest murder case TO plead later'
Yes. This even tallies with the details in the story because the suspects didn't take plea.
Please editor, heed my plea and plead guilty for this editorial offence.