Prosecutors offered the plea agreement last weekend, but Burdette said the final details weren't discussed until just prior to his hearing. He asked the judge for more time to talk to his attorney, Claude Smith, before proceeding and the two left the courtroom.
Later, while Assistant Prosecutor Don Morris was giving the facts of the crime, Burdette suddenly indicated he needed to leave the courtroom and was escorted out. He returned a few minutes later.
Morris said the shooting of Cordle took place outside a mobile home on Elaine Drive on July 12. He said Burdette told police later that several people in the group that gathered there had guns and had made threats.
Cordle was shot with a sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun, Morris said. He suffered a gunshot to his hand that traveled to his chest and was fatal.
Gun residue was found on Burdette after he was arrested and parts of the shotgun and casings were found inside the mobile home. Fragments removed from Cordle's body appeared to match that weapon, police said.
Morris said a group of the friends met first at a 7-Eleven in Rand, and then went to the mobile home to purchase marijuana. There was talk of a fistfight, and some of the group intended to video it with a cellphone.
At one point, witnesses saw Burdette shoot Cordle and called 911.
Burdette will be sentenced Monday.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.