Men plead guilty after a 2014 homicide

2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago April 29, 2015 Apr 29, 2015 Wednesday, April 29 2015 Wednesday, April 29, 2015 5:24:19 PM CDT in News
By: Hanna Knutson, KOMU 8 digital producer

COLUMBIA - Darius Edwards pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in an attempted robbery that took place in 2014.

She'aun Prince, who was originally charged with murder, pleaded guilty to burglary.

The victim, Derrick Brookins was killed in April 2014.. Police believed Edwards, Prince, Brookins along with Deshai Richardson, were trying trying to rob a man. Edwards, Prince, Brookins and Richardson arrived at the man's home on 920 Texas Avenue, where Edwards and Brookins pointed handguns him in an attempt to rob him. 

The man said there was a struggle and he shot Brookins and Edwards before fleeing the home to call police. When police arrived, Brookins was dead in the bathroom with a gunshot wound. Officers said they found a gun on the ground between Brookins' legs.

In Missouri, a person can be charged with second degree murder if someone dies while a suspect is committing a felony.

Prosecutors recommend a sentence of 15 years for Edwards and a 10-year sentence for Prince.

The trial for Deshai Richardson, who is also accused of second-degree murder, is set for May 26.

Police said Richardson called them after the shooting and told them she was the one who took Edwards to the hospital when he was shot.

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