Edwina Campbell’s family relieved after husband found guilty of murder

Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 4:22 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2022 at 10:28 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Family members of Edwina Campbell have been through a horrific time as their mother, daughter and sister was shot seven times by her husband, Harold.

Harold Campbell is guilty of murdering Edwina in 2019, a Calcasieu jury decided late Friday afternoon.

The jury deliberated for around two hours. The case was handed over to the jury about 3:30 p.m. and the jury sent word around 5:30 p.m. that they had reached a verdict.

Second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence.

Edwina’s family is pleased he has been convicted as charged and will spend life in prison.

“Grateful this man is being put away for taking my mom away,” Edwina’s daughter, Markenzy Harmon said.

“I’m very happy with the verdict,” said Edwina’s mother, Monica Harmon. “I like justice for my daughter. And now the weight on my shoulder is gone.”

They said Edwina will be missed for so many reasons.

“She was an awesome, awesome minister,” said her sister, Marva Harmon. “She had a big heart that loved to help people.”

“Sometimes she would just take us to the civic center. We would just go to walk, talk,” her daughter Marchelle Harmon said.

Campbell admitted to killing, Edwina, who was shot seven times in 2019. But Campbell, who took the stand in his own defense this week, said it was an accidental shooting. Campbell said on the stand that he thought he saw an intruder up against the headboard in his room and squeezed the trigger on his gun before he realized it was his wife in the bed.

The defense argued Campbell was so drunk he could not form specific intent to kill.

In closing arguments, defense attorney Todd Clemons said the threat Campbell said he saw did not have to be real as long as Campbell thought it was real.

But prosecutor Conrad Huber urged jurors to use common sense and not believe “the boogeyman defense,” saying, “if you make it up, you better make it up good.”

“The boogeyman defense was utter nonsense,” Huber said. “None of the evidence was found to support that whatsoever.”

They say Edwina was the one suffering.

“Ms. Edwina had to suffer relentless, verbal, psychological abuse by Harold Campbell. What went on inside the home was a ridiculous amount of horrific name-calling, belittling, making her feel terrible about herself which is exactly what he claimed in court she did to him. Obviously, the jury didn’t buy into that,” said prosecutor Charles Robinson.

“Don’t stay in something if it’s volatile, if it’s toxic. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth your life. It’s not worth your peace,” Marva Harmon said.