Dewayne RichardsonMississippi Delta DA 4th District

Greenwood, MS— Jaekwon Huff, 21, of Greenwood was convicted of Second-Degree Murder yesterday afternoon, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.

Huff’s trial was scheduled to begin on Tuesday of this week, but the court only qualified the potential jurors as one of the witnesses to Huff’s case was killed in Greenwood on Monday night.  The case still went forward this week and after two days of testimony and two hours and forty-five minutes of deliberations, the Leflore County jury found Jaekwon Huff guilty of Second-Degree Murder for killing Leonard “Little Man” Edwards who was 22 at the time of his death.

Testimony at trial proved that not only did Huff kill Little Man, but that moments after the killing Huff went to a friend’s home and bragged that he had done it.  A Leflore County Grand Jury later indicted Huff of First-Degree Murder and he was convicted on yesterday for the lesser charge of Second-Degree Murder.  Huff faces a potential penalty of 20 to 40 years in prison for his actions.

The Office of the District Attorney appreciates the hard work and due diligence of the Leflore County Sheriff’s Department for making sure that justice was served for Leonard “Little Man” Edwards and that his killer has been held accountable.  ADA Stanley Alexander and ADA Takiyah Perkins prosecuted this case on behalf of the State of Mississippi.  Alexander added that he “respects the jury’s decision and most of all is just happy that Edwards’ family and friends can now begin to heal now that they have comfort in the fact that Huff will be behind bars for a very long time.”

Senior Circuit Court Judge Ashley Hines will schedule Huff’s sentencing at a later date.