Man gets life for choking, burning girlfriend

12:00 AM CST on Thursday, February 12, 2009
By JENNIFER EMILY / The Dallas Morning News

Douglas Edwards admitted that a jealous rage drove him to kill his ex-girlfriend last year by choking her and then setting her body on fire.

And during the punishment phase of his trial this week, he spoke a great deal about what he lost by killing LaKendra Lawrence, whom he started dating when both were in high school.

"I feel hurt, heartbroken. I feel like I have nothing," Edwards told jurors. "I feel like I hurt myself more than anybody. LaKendra was the love of my life."

But when Dallas County Prosecutor Leah Thomson pointed out during cross-examination that Edwards never said he was sorry during his testimony, the 21-year-old man simply shook his head.

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