According to a statement made by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, a seven-time criminal got a life in prison sentence including five years for a messed up drug deal that led to the death of his best friend almost two years ago.
Fulton district attorney spokesman Chris Hopper said Cornelius Edwards, 28, was not the one that fired the gun that killed his friend Billy Favors, however, he was the driving force behind the plan that prompted the deadly shooting.
Edwards was found guilty of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in the shooting that occurred in December 2016.
Favors and Edwards, a popular marijuana dealer, planned to rob two men — Marvin Goodman and Delvin Phillips — at gunpoint, Hopper said.
Edwards instructed Goodman and Phillips to go to an apartment in the 300 block of Holly Street in northwest Atlanta, where they thought they were buying marijuana. Rather, the two walked inside and saw Favors pointing a gun at them.
Phillips at that point pulled out his gun and got into a shootout with Favors, Hopper said. Phillips was shot twice in the arm and chest, but he survived. Favors was likewise shot in the chest and arm and died at the scene.
During a photo lineup, Goodman and Phillips identified Edwards, who was later recorded amid a phone conversation with one of Favors’ relatives stating he was the mastermind behind the plan.
In spite of the fact that Edwards did not shoot Favors, he can be charged with murder under Georgia law since he committed a crime that led to the death of another person.
“Edwards intentionally participated in this crime by his planning of the armed robbery and his directing of Goodman and Philips to the apartment,” Hopper said.
According to the Fulton District Attorney’s Office, at the time of the murder, Edwards had 16 previous arrests and was previously convicted of theft by taking, theft by receiving, burglary and the purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, and sale of marijuana. Favors also had seven felony convictions for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and theft by shoplifting.