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.