Then Harris pleaded to the charges as his mother wiped away tears.
Shepard’s mother, Shawanda Lake, addressed the court and she asked Harris why he killed her son in an apartment on Nelson Street.
She said Harris was a friend of the family and Shepard would have done anything for him.
“I still don’t understand why,” Lake said. “I will never know what happened in that moment for you to just change. He chose you over me. You and Trey were friends, not just buddies. I don’t understand. What happened, Will?”
A tearful Harris said he didn’t know why he committed the crime, but said he was on drugs at the time. He said he was sorry.
As Harris was being led of out the court, his mother said, “I love you.”