Suspect in April shooting death pleads not guilty
COLUMBIA - Suspect Darrius Edwards pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Boone County court Friday morning. He's one of three suspects arrested in connection to an April incident at a home on West Texas Avenue that left 44-year-old Derrick Brookins dead.
Court documents said Edwards, Brookins and two other suspects planned to rob a home at 920 West Texas Avenue on April 22. The documents said the homeowner shot Edwards and Brookins during a struggle after the four suspects entered the unlocked home.
Brookins died from the gunshot wounds, and the two other suspects took Edwards to the hospital for his injuries. After more than a week of recovery, the hospital released Edwards. Police then took him to the Boone County Jail, and prosecutors later charged him with second-degree murder.
Prosecutors said there are caveats to each case, but according to the "Felony-Murder Rule", sometimes when a murder occurs during a felony, the suspects involved in the felony can be charged with the murder.
Columbia Police officers said they also arrested 23-year-old Deshai Richardson and 22-year-old She'aun Prince, both of Columbia, in connection to the incident.
Police said there was evidence of marijuana distribution at the home.