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Rand teen indicted on murder charges

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Rand teenager who allegedly shot a man to death because he was "running his mouth" has been indicted by a Kanawha County grand jury.

Brent Lee Burdette, 19, faces charges of first-degree murder in the death of William Cordle III, 21.

On July 12, Kanawha County sheriff's deputies found Cordle lying near the 5300 block of Elaine Drive with a single gunshot wound to his chest. He died later at CAMC General Hospital.

Cordle had been standing outside Burdette's house and trying to start a fight with Harley Kowalski, a visiting neighbor who was inside the home at the time, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Burdette, carrying a handgun, went outside, according to the complaint. Kowalski said he heard a gunshot, and both men fled through the back of the house and into an alley.

Erica Ratliff and Eddie Chapman were driving down Elaine Drive when they saw Cordle stumble into the roadway and fall into a ditch, the complaint states. Ratliff ran to a nearby house, where Burdette was, to dial 911.

When Ratliff told the people inside that someone on the street had been shot, Burdette reportedly said "he was the one that shot him because he was running his mouth," the complaint states.

Burdette is scheduled to appear in front of Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King on Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. for his arraignment.

In all, the grand jury handed down indictments against 51 defendants this week. An indictment is a not a finding of guilt; it means that a grand jury has found enough evidence to warrant a criminal trial.

Judge Jennifer Bailey, Oct. 31, 9 a.m.

Justin Matthew Carrier, 32, South Charleston, grand larceny; Jennifer N. Clark, 33, Charleston, forgery and uttering. Joseph Pike Dempsey, 32, South Charleston, bank robbery, battery, destruction of property and battery on a government representative; Braheem Jamal Griffin, 19, Charleston, malicious wounding and wanton endangerment; Brian Edward Hall, 30, Charleston, drug charges; Melissa A. Leftwich, 43, Charleston, drug charges;  Michael Lee Jones, 41, Dunbar, possession of a stolen vehicle and grand larceny; Scott Dewayne King, 33, Charleston, breaking and entering and grand larceny.

Judge Charles King, Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m.

Brent Burdette, 19, Rand, first-degree murder; Jonathan Scott Bailey, 20, Buffalo, forgery and uttering; Melquana Edward Brown, 18, Charleston, conspiracy, burglary, and trandferring and receiving stolen property; Brandon Azare Watts, 18, Charleston, conspiracy, burglary and transferring and receiving stolen property; David Lee Bumgardner, 48, Pecks Mill, conspiracy and grand larceny; Christopher Allen Bumgardner, 26, Pecks Mill, conspiracy and grand larceny; Malcolm Jamar Hodges, 20, Dunbar, wanton endangerment; Staphanie Johnson, 30, Ward, drug charges; Jason M. Hudnall, 35, Ward, drug charges; Andre Gerard Kee, 27, Charleston, drug charges; Joseph Micah Lucas, 32, access device fraud charges; Michael Dwaine Mosley, 22, Charleston, malicious wounding; Amy Elizabeth Wilkinson, 38, St. Albans, embezzlement, breaking and entering and petit larceny; Tommy Jones, 19, St. Albans, embezzlement; Andre Dewayne Williamson, 25, Charleston, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, second offense carrying a concealed weapon and brandishing.

Judge Duke Bloom, Oct. 31, 9 a.m.

Tommy Edward Clark, 37, St. Albans, breaking and entering, larceny charges; Barry Paul Callahan Jr., 26, Woodville, breaking and entering, larceny charges; Jason Michael Kidd, 23, Charleston, breaking and entering and petit larceny; Stephen Dana Gibson, 61, Charleston, prescription fraud; Keith Wayne Jones, Jr., 34, drug charges; Brandy Nicole Smith, 32, Alum Creek, fraudulent use of an access device, forgery and uttering; Danneil D. McClanahan, 23, Alum Creek, fraudulent use of an access device, forgery and uttering; John M. Wiseman, 31, St. Albans, drug charges.

Judge Tod J. Kaufman, Nov. 2, 1 p.m.

David Berrian, 42, DUI, fleeing charges; Christina Nichole Moles, 27, Cross Lanes, child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death and DUI with a minor; Michael W. Saunders Sr., 61, Rand, first degree sexual abuse; Brian Andrew Sparkman, 20, Gallagher, transferring and receiving stolen property.

Judge James C. Stucky, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.

Karen Pearson, 64, Holden, conspiracy, false testimony, or statements and failure to subscribe; Jack Day, 54, Logan, conspiracy, false testimony or statements and failure to subscribe; Benita Henson, 54, Gallipolis, failure to subscribe; Christopher Thomas Rush, 28, Charleston, drug charges; Elana Suzanne Smith, 25, Dunbar, fraud and related activity in connection with an access device; David Devonte Wiley, 19, St. Albans, second-degree sexual assault.

Judge Carrie Webster, Nov. 29, 1 p.m.

Samuel Robert Cogar, 24, Charleston, burglary and grand larceny; Cortez A. Lacy, 28, Charleston, drug charges; Donald G. Priddy, 50, Belle, malicious wounding; Donald R. Wideman, 43, drug charges.

Judge Paul Zakaib Jr., Nov. 16, 1:30 p.m.

Raed Joseph Abdel-Hadi, 26, South Charleston, drug charges; Frederick Decharles Adkins, 54, Charleston, drug charges; Waking Orenzo Harrell, 38, Charleston, drug charges; Stephanie Armes, 49, Belle, embezzlement and falsely reporting an emergency; Kimyatta Elaine Hill, 34, Charleston, drug charges; John Edward Tawney, III, Charleston, 27, wanton endangerment and domestic assault.


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