Edward Floyd will spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing a co-worker who was giving him a ride home from work.
Edward Floyd worked with Matthew Adkins and played with him in a local basketball league. Friday he plead guilty to robbing him, killing him and dumping his body on the side of the road.
Matthew Adkins' mother stared at Floyd over her shoulder as a victim's advocate read her anguish out loud. Floyd stared at the floor. A hush fell over the courtroom as Adkins' young widow began to speak.
She described what it's like to be widowed at 20 and how her four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter lay on their father's grave each week and talk to him.
"These two men who killed my husband gave my children a permanent broken heart that will never heal, but in which they'll face in every stage of their lives. Who's going to teach Jordan how to drive? Or walk Madison down the aisle on her wedding day? What gave these two men the right to kill the hopes and dreams of my children?" read Christa.
Edward Floyd avoids the death penalty with his plea, but his cousin Johnny is accused of committing these crimes with him and may not be as lucky when he goes to trial next month.
Johnny Floyd's trial is scheduled for February 5. Prosecutors do intend to seek the death penalty against him.
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