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Men charged with killing musician appear in court

Next court date scheduled for June 3

Major C. Edwards Jr., of Lawrence, makes his first court appearance in May 2008 at the Douglas County Jail in the case of the 2006 shooting of Anthony Vital. Edwards was charged with premeditated first-degree murder.

Major C. Edwards Jr., of Lawrence, makes his first court appearance in May 2008 at the Douglas County Jail in the case of the 2006 shooting of Anthony Vital. Edwards was charged with premeditated first-degree murder.

May 24, 2008

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Men suspected of murdering local hip-hop artist appear in court

Two men suspected of murdering a local hip-hop artist in 2006 make their first appearances today in Douglas County District Court. Enlarge video

Two men suspected of murdering a local hip-hop musician nearly two years ago had their first appearances Friday in Douglas County District Court.

Major C. Edwards Jr., 29, Lawrence, and Durell A. Jones, 23, Kansas City, Kan., are charged with one count each of premeditated first-degree murder. Both had been in federal custody because of convictions in U.S. District Court. They recently were transferred to Douglas County Jail.

Edwards and Jones are charged in the murder of Lawrence musician Anthony "Clacc" Vital, 28. His body was found in October 2006 along a private country lane 2 miles west of Lawrence. He had been shot to death.

Judge Robert Fairchild ordered Edwards and Jones to be brought back to court at 2 p.m. June 3 on the murder charges. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled then.

Edwards also is charged with possession of a depressant, PCP, in an unrelated case. His next court hearing in that case will be 1:30 p.m. June 3.

Edwards and Jones were mostly quiet during their hearings. They appeared over closed-circuit television from the jail.

Edwards pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to an unlawful weapons possession charge. He was sentenced to 63 months in prison.

Jones was sentenced May 12 in federal court to 125 months in prison on charges of possession with intent to sell cocaine.

Earlier Friday, Edwards, also known as "Ja Ja," had a hearing in Lawrence Municipal Court on four counts of failure to appear on traffic violations. He told Judge Randy McGrath that he wanted to plead guilty and serve any jail time he might have while he is already being held on the federal conviction. McGrath set a court hearing for 10:30 a.m. June 3. At that time, Edwards can formally make his plea.

Comments

qhays 6 years, 8 months ago

Hey Donkey -- don't you have anything better to do than to spread hate? Go hug yourself, you obviously need it. Seriously. You didn't know this man, and he didn't know you.

hujiko 6 years, 8 months ago

Lets not start the whole "he lived the gangsta lifestyle and died like a gangsta" speech. The big picture is that someone died who had a family and cared for others, dont bring their lifestyle into it.

Reuben Turner 6 years, 8 months ago

I believe that a great injustice has been and that the two men ought to get what they get. no matter what his(vital) occupation was he didn't deserve to die that kind of death and they didn't have the right to play god and take his life. I just hope that they realize that what they have done was wrong; not just give lip service. Maybe they will learn that their is more to life while locked up, find christ, decide to give up drugs wrong doing, and turn around their lives before it is to late. They still have time to make it right with the judge(God) no matter what people say, he is still n the forgiving business; sin is sin.

ltownwhitegirl 6 years, 8 months ago

lets not start the "oh he was a gangsta so he needed to die." he was a great man and had a awesome family! and was a damn good musician! he loved what he did and was great at it! so lets just leave it at that! he never deserved to die! these 2 men murdered a man... thats the main picture we should be looking at, not that he was a "gangster". because thats not what he was.

amh983 6 years, 7 months ago

So, I haven't seen any news coverage of the June 3rd hearing. Does anybody know what took place? I heard the courtroom was packed, but that's all I heard.

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