Manatee Sheriff's Office: No new details in Bradenton homicide

kirby@bradenton.comJune 24, 2014 

BRADENTON -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has no new information on a homicide investigation that started early Monday.

Samuel Edwards, 29, was found dead in a car by deputies who were called to the area on a burglary in-progress around 6:30 a.m. Monday. Spokesman Randy Warren said they suspected other criminal activity was involved in the homicide.

Sheriff's office spokesman Dave Bristow said Tuesday they won't be able to reveal any new information until an arrest is made, and he could give no time frame of when that would be. He did say an arrest by the end of the day Tuesday was unlikely.

Deputies said Edwards had been "fatally injured," but wouldn't reveal if that meant he had been stabbed, shot or something else.

The victim's family members, who were watching the crime scene from afar, said they'd heard Edwards was shot.

Warren said the body was found about 7 a.m., but the

exact time of death was unknown. Deputies also weren't sure if the originally reported burglary, about a block away from where Edwards was found, was related to the homicide, but they were looking into it.

Deputies would name no possible motives or suspects for the homicide.

Edwards finished a five-year prison sentence for selling cocaine in September 2011, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

Court records show he was also arrested for battery, grand theft auto, traffic violations and counterfeiting, with a record of misdemeanors and felonies spanning from 2003 to March 2013.

Members of Edwards' immediate family, including his mother and sister, said despite his past, he was a good son and brother and was trying to do better for his 1-year-old son since he'd left prison.

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