A Tarrant County jury has found Rickey Wayne Edwards, 54, guilty of the 2020 capital murder of his wife, Portia Williams-Edwards, 46, and stepson, Kameion Kitchen, 28, at their new home on Monet Lane in Grand Prairie. The verdict was delivered on Monday, October 9, 2023.
During the trial, Assistant District Attorneys Robert Huseman and Melinda Hogan, representing the state, presented evidence that revealed the horrifying events of May 3, 2020. Williams-Edwards had called her father, expressing concern over Edwards' erratic behavior. Subsequently, her son, Kameion Kitchen, rushed to the scene. A confrontation ensued, resulting in Edwards fatally shooting Kitchen ten times with his Glock pistol. Williams-Edwards was shot twice in the head.
"This case is about family violence, rage, and control," said Huseman to the jury. "When his wife and stepson lay bleeding on the floor, an hour before calling 9-1-1, he went out and moved his Lexus and put up the sun screen so his seats didn't get damaged."
Hogan emphasized, "This was not self-defense as the defendant claims. The evidence shows beyond a reasonable doubt that he executed Kameion and Portia."
The jury found Edwards guilty of the double murder, leading to an automatic sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
DA Investigators Josh Neiswender and Victim Advocate Cristina Rangel, alongside the Grand Prairie Police Department, were acknowledged for their dedicated work on the case. The Grand Prairie Police Department's swift response and commitment to community safety were commended by the prosecution team.