A jury on Tuesday unanimously convicted Zaria Burrows and Dervinique Edwards of murder for their roles in a deadly attack on Breanna Mackey in a row over a broken cellphone.
Although Zaria Burrows and Dervinique Edwards did not inflict the fatal stab wounds, the 12 jurors accepted that they shared a common purpose to take her life.
Burrows wailed and fell to the floor in the prisoner’s dock on hearing the verdict. Edwards, though visibly stunned, did not have an audible reaction.
Mackey was walking along Key West Street on January 25, 2018 when Burrows cut her off with her car, the jury found. That’s when five other women, one of them Edwards, emerged. The young women kicked and stomped Mackey as Thea Williams stabbed her.
After the attack, the women got into Burrows’ car and they went drinking in Gambier.
Both women exercised their constitutional right to remain silent at trial, but placed the blame on the other women in their police interviews.
The ambush occurred weeks after the women went to Mackey’s home, demanding payment for a broken phone.
Burrows and Edwards were the only people to go to trial in the case.
The other suspects in Mackey’s murder took plea deals last year.
Williams pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 25 years.
Matia Sylverain, who admitted to kicking and stomping Mackey, also pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Yolika Dumosle and Davanya Lawes pleaded guilty to causing harm and were sentenced to two years in prison.
Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson will begin a sentencing hearing on March 31.
Cassie Bethel prosecuted. Devard Francis appeared for Burrows and Eleanor Albury represented Edwards.