Cops Say Man Used Woman To Kill Best Friend By Using Nude Pictures

In February 2011 on February 11, 2011 at 11:02 pm
By Jennifer H. Cunningham AND Rocco Parascandola

Dwayne Burnett was killed in an apparent set-up after two women sexted him.

The Brownsville man who police say had his best friend killed with the help of two young women surrendered Monday, police said.

Cops scooped up Rajene Powell-Dickerson, 25, at his lawyer’s office and later charged him with second-degree murder. A police source said he clammed up without making any statements to investigators.

Powell-Dickerson is suspected of orchestrating the murder of Dwayne Burnett, 26, last June after the pair – once best friends – argued about money.

Powell-Dickerson hired Jimmy Copeland for $10,000, police sources said.

Copeland, in turn, enlisted the help of his sister, Crystal Copeland, and another woman, Ebony Geddie, both of whom set Burnett up by texting him nude pictures of themselves and inviting him to a sex party, sources said.

When Burnett showed up, Copeland shot him to death, police said.

Jimmy Copeland, 24, was arrested in January and charged with murder. His sister, 22, and Geddie, 18, were charged last June with murder. The three suspects are being held without bail.

Powell-Dickerson’s arrest gave Burnett’s mother some sense of relief.

“I just thank God for it,” said Joyce Burnett, 54. “His conscience got the better of him.”

Burnett told the Daily News last week that Powell-Dickerson drove her to her son’s wake and funeral. She quickly grew suspicious when he started peppering her with questions about the evidence.

Powell-Dickerson also helped pay for T-shirts and bandannas memorializing Burnett.

“He said, ‘Mommy don’t worry. We’re going to find out who did it,'” the mother recalled. “I hope he gets every bit of what he deserves to get.”

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