MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN CONNECTION WITH PAWLING AVENUE MURDER
Rensselaer County District Mary Pat Donnelly announced today that Rashad Edwards,
age 36, of Troy, NY, pleaded guilty to one count of Murder in the Second Degree and one count
of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, admitting to the entire indictment in the January 2019
stabbing death of Brianna Haughton.
Edwards, who was released on parole in connection with a previous charge, was arrested
following an investigation into the death of Brianna Haughton. Ms. Haughton’s body was found
on January 14, 2019 at 491 Pawling Avenue, Troy, after a welfare check by the Troy Police
Department. An extensive investigation revealed that Edwards had repeatedly stabbed Ms.
Haughton in the presence of their infant child.
Rashad Edwards was indicted on two charges, Murder in the Second Degree, a Class A-I
Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a Class “D” Felony. On
March 3, 2021, the Defendant pleaded guilty to the entire indictment. It is anticipated that
Rensselaer County Court Judge Jennifer G. Sober will sentence the Defendant to an
indeterminate sentence, the maximum term of which will be life in State Prison, on March 31,
“This guilty plea ensures that Rashad Edwards is imprisoned for murdering this young
mother and will hopefully bring some peace to her family,” said DA Mary Pat Donnelly. “We
thank the officers of the Troy Police Department, especially Detective Sergeant Thomas Feeley
and Detective William Bowles, who worked diligently with the Capital Region Crime Analysis
Center as well as NYS Parole to secure the arrest of Rashad Edwards. These agencies, and in
particular these officers, worked around the clock in order to seek justice and bring closure to the
family of Brianna Haughton. This result would not have been possible without their efforts.”
Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Dorando prosecuted the case.