William Faison Pleads Guilty to Jeffrey Covington Murder

William Faison pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting death of Jeffrey Covington; co-defendant Jeffrey Blount pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence in the case. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed all other charges.

According to the proffer of facts, shortly after 1 a.m. on July 2, 2011, at a craps game in the 600 block of 45th Place Southeast, Faison pulled a revolver from his waistband and pointed it at Blount’s back. Blount ran and Faison chased him, with the gun in full view. Covington then pulled a broken gun and pointed it at Faison.

Faison then turned and fired one shot that hit Covington in the throat; the bullet punctured Covington’s esophagus and severed his vertebrae.

Faison faces a sentence of five to 40 years in prison; he is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Ronna Beck August 16.

Plea documents are below.

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