Russell County murder trial: Adrian Ezell stops trial, pleads guilty to murder

A man on trial in Russell County for fatally shooting his wife stopped his trial Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to her murder, authorities said.

Adrian Maurice Ezell, 38, now faces 20 years to life in prison for the June 21, 2010, murder of his wife, Felisha Ezell, at their Jason Drive home, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Buster Landreau.

Landreau and defense attorney L. Joel Collins disputed little about the case in their opening statements to jurors on Monday. Collins, however, said he intended to ask jurors to convict his client of manslaughter, not murder.

According to Landreau, Circuit Court Judge George Greene said late Monday that he didn’t intend to give the jury that option. Ezell then chose to plead guilty to murder when his trial reconvened Tuesday morning.

“Under the facts of the case, we don’t think he’s entitled to a manslaughter instruction,” Landreau said.