From the beginning Orthell Wilson admitted to killing Cantrell (his secret girlfriend), but pointed the finger at Edwards as the mastermind of the crime. In a 2015 affidavit Wilson admits that he lied, that he acted alone and that Edwards is totally innocent of the crime, thus undermining the State’s strongest evidence implicating Edwards. In exchange for his cooperation at the time of the crime, Wilson received a life without parole sentence while Edwards received death. The only other evidence against Edwards, who has autism, was incriminating statements he made to police after an intense nine hour interrogation in which police threatened his family if he did not confess.
Regardless of how one feels about the death penalty, there is no justification for executing someone where reasonable doubt exist of their guilt. This case deserves further scrutiny! !