Man previously arrested for 2 murders now arrested for assaulting girlfriend

Posted at 5:55 PM, Dec 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-27 17:55:08-05

A man who was acquitted of one murder and had charges dropped in a second, is back behind bars in Newport News.

Kwaume Edwards, 24, now faces several charges for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.

Records say the July 2013 attack left scratch marks on her stomach and a bite mark on her face.

Edwards was first arrested for murder in 2006 when he was just 17-years-old.  The victim was 29-year-old Michael Tyler.

Edwards and his cousin, Marquise, were both convicted of the Yorktown murder in 2007. Both were sentenced to decades in prison.

But several months into Kwaume’s sentence, a judge declared the first trial a mistrial, overturned the conviction, and set Edwards free.

Four years later, in July 2011, Edwards was arrested for the murder of 21-year-old Ricky Calloway in Hampton.

But court records show prosecutors moved to have the charges against him dropped.

And roughly two years later, in July 2013, records say Edwards left his pregnant girlfriend with several bruises, cuts and scrapes.

He was arrested in October and indicted in early December.

Edwards is in the Newport News Jail without bond. His next court date is set for January 13th.