Columbus man gets life in prison for role in handicapped cousin's murder

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Columbus man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for masterminding the 2011 murder of his disabled cousin in Columbus.

41-year-old Derrick Bankhead, who was convicted of capital murder, was sentenced Friday by a judge to life in prison without parole.

On July 11, 2011, Derrick and three others robbed his cousin Eddie Bankhead's Columbus home.

One of the men shot and killed Eddie, who was handicapped and wheelchair-bound. The three men who were with Derrick are currently in jail awaiting trial.

This case was investigated by AG Investigator Lee McDivitt and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley and Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander. The case was assigned to the Attorney General's Office after the local district attorney recused himself due to a conflict of interest. Bankhead was originally convicted of this crime in 2016, but that conviction was overturned.

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