Fugitive charged in Hampton man’s murder

Ava Hurdle on murder suspect's past

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News police rounded up a Hampton murder suspect after a standoff at a hotel Saturday.

Kwaume Edwards is behind bars for the shooting death of Jonathan Coles, but court records show he was charged with murder twice before. A conviction was overturned in 2006 and in 2011 the charge was dropped.

Coles’ mother, Margaret Eaddy, told WAVY.com his arrest does not bring closure: “I want to tell him I’m not satisfied they caught you. I want you to suffer because my son can’t get up and come back. He’s going to be dead forever.”

Edwards declined to talk to WAVY.com from jail, but he did face a judge Monday morning on the charges involved in Coles’ death investigation.

“It’s a huge relief to know he’s off the streets, in reference to the charges he has outstanding in Hampton, and I know that our detectives have been looking for him for quite some time, since May, when he was identified as a suspect. So we’re grateful he’s off the streets,” said Cpl. Mary Shackelford of the Hampton Police Division.

A preliminary hearing for Edwards is scheduled for September.

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